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Superwomen with Rebecca Minkoff

Superwomen with Rebecca Minkoff

By Rebecca Minkoff

What are the secrets behind some of the most successful women in the world? Each week designer Rebecca Minkoff talks to women from all walks of life, from CEOs to artists, and shows us what life is like without the pretty filters in order to help you navigate what it means to be vulnerable, how loss can make you stronger, and other ways to make your inner superwoman shine. Join us in being Superwomen, together!

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Listen More Than You Talk: Liyia Wu, Founder and CEO of ShopShops
COVID may still be going strong, but so are shoppers. This year may not have been the business boon is typically is for retail stores, but virtual shopping has seen a rise unlike anything before. At first glance it may seem as if online shopping has reached its zenith; after all, you can virtually find anything you want within the time it takes to perform a few quick key strokes. But one person has envisioned something better. Liyia Wu, former Parsons grad and fashion designer herself, has spent the last few years working to innovate remote shopping with her app,ShopShops. Using the ShopShops app, it’s as if your best friend, who’s also a fashion expert in her field, is FaceTiming you during the retail experience of a lifetime. You can ask questions, ask her to try stuff on, and best of all, buy anything you like right then and there. Though the app first launched in China, Liyia is now launching ShopShops stateside with the one and only Rebecca Minkoff as her partner, so charge your phone and get ready to add this season’s must-haves to your wardrobe! Thanks for listening! We love our listeners! Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here, or visit https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages on your desktop or phone to leave us a voice memo! Follow Superwomen on Instagram. Big Ideas The challenges that come with starting your own company as a woman in a male-dominated space, and the pressures of balancing family and work. The importance of working at the grassroots level and getting comfortable pitching to both clients and potential investors. How to best navigate the tech world as a woman. Guest Website ShopShops Website ShopShops App
25:56
November 24, 2020
Healthy From the Start: Catherine McCord Helps Kids and Parents Make Mealtime a Memorable, Educational Experience
Most new (and experienced!) parents are familiar with the scenario: you either don’t know what’s appropriate to feed your children, or their distinct preferences – dare we say pickiness! – make it difficult to sit down to the table without preparing a separate meal for each member of the family. Catherine McCord certainly found herself in that situation. While she’d spent her career creating fantastic meals for both restaurants and catering companies from coast to coast, she was stumped at how to best feed her first child. Out of that quandary Weelicious was born. What started as a blog aimed at helping parents teach kids how to eat well has now developed into several recipe books, and naturally the launch of a family-focused meal subscription box, One Potato. Not only is Catherine passionate about how to get kids involved in making healthy choices, but her focus on creating wholesome, organic food on a budget makes it more accessible as well. Thanks for listening! We love our listeners! Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here, or visit https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages on your desktop or phone to leave us a voice memo! Follow Superwomen on Instagram. Big Ideas Tips for how to teach kids to eat a variety of healthy foods, and how to get them to participate in their own healthy choices. How to create healthy, organic meals on a budget. Links One Potato Weelicious Wise Traditions Podcast
17:49
November 17, 2020
Being Your Own Best Advocate: Erin Gallagher, Co-Founder of Have Her Back
When Erin Gallagher was working at a PR firm during the height of the #MeToo movement, she knew that the fair treatment of women and marginalized communities was something that her workplace needed to emphasize for their clients. What began as an initiative started working for someone else soon became the impetus to start her own consultancy, one that focuses entirely on the equity of women and people of color. The fair treatment of BIPOC communities and women is long overdue, and the snail’s pace at which real change seems to occur can be disheartening. Erin’s venture, Have Her Back, has made its goal to partner with the biggest companies in the world in order to shake things up and effect change from the top down. Thanks for listening! We love our listeners! Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here, or visit https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages on your desktop or phone to leave us a voice memo! Follow Superwomen on Instagram. Big Ideas Adapting a business during the pandemic. [07:20] How do we work towards equity for women and BIPOC when progress seems so slow? [09:08] Guest Website Have Her Back @HaveHerBack @eringogallagher
24:27
November 10, 2020
To Double Back or Double Down: Shannon Watts Works to End Gun Violence in America
Please be aware, this episode contains discussion of gun violence and suicide as it pertains to adults, children and teens. It may be surprising to learn that among national polls, 90% of Americans favor stronger gun laws that require background checks before any gun sale takes place. Even 80% of gun owners and 70% of NRA members agree. Why, then, does it seem like gun control is such a polarizing issue? When Shannon Watts watched the events of the Sandy Hook shooting unfold, and the consequent response that more guns were the answer, she knew in her gut that something had to change. Inspired by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, she founded Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. For far too long gun lobbyists have influenced politicians to make laws that favor the quick and easy access that essentially equates to more gun sales annually. Shannon’s organization, which has chapters in every state, continues its work to ensure that the 400 million guns in this country are subject to laws that keep citizens as safe as possible. Text the word, “Ready,” to 64433 to get involved. Thanks for listening! We love our listeners! Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here, or visit https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages on your desktop or phone to leave us a voice memo! Follow Superwomen on Instagram. Big Ideas Where to start if you want to make big changes in the world but are unsure of how to go about it. [02:50] What does gun control really mean? [05:09] Why the U.S. has such high rates of gun violence compared to other countries. [10:02] Links Fight Like a Mother Emerge America Guest Website Moms Demand Action Students Demand Action @MomsDemand @StudentsDemand @ShannonRWatts
20:19
November 3, 2020
This is About Human Rights, Period: Opal Tometi of Black Lives Matter
This week we’re thrilled to have Opal Tometi, activist, advocate and co-founder of Black Lives Matter. Growing up in Phoenix as a child of two immigrant parents, Opal saw firsthand the ways in which racism and immigration policy intermingled to complicate her parents’ safety and stability living in the U.S. As a young adult, a passion for immigration rights then gave way to an interest in the racial justice movement, spurred on by her work for such organizations as the Black Alliance for Just Immigration. The invaluable lesson that Opal has learned through this work is that suffering exists in silence; it is only through calling attention to the racial and social disparities that exist in our country that we can begin to shift towards “a multiracial democracy that works for all of us.” Thanks for listening! We love our listeners! Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here, or visit https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages on your desktop or phone to leave us a voice memo! Follow Superwomen on Instagram. Big Ideas How her personal experience with immigration law led to the passion for the work Opal does today. How the Black Lives Matter movement came about. Why it’s so important to vote.
29:50
October 27, 2020
Progress Over Perfection: Sarah Paiji Yoo of Blueland
Let’s face it: the burdens of plastic consumption are overwhelming. We try our best to recycle, hoping our used ketchup bottles and takeout containers are reincarnated as earth-friendly reusable water bottles, but the truth is that countless amounts of plastics continue to clog landfills and waterways each year. When Sarah Paiji Yoo discovered that microscopic bits of plastic even make their way into our drinking water, she decided she had to do something. Sarah and her co-founder started Blueland as a starting point for changing the way we think about cleaning products, and the containers they come in. After discovering most cleaning products contain 90% water, Sarah envisioned a tablet that could then be mixed with water at home, minimizing the need to buy plastic-packaged products every time. The biggest lesson she’s learned? It’s nearly impossible to have a “perfect” solution to plastic at this point, but that’s not a reason to give up trying. Thanks for listening! We love our listeners! Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here, or visit https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages on your desktop or phone to leave us a voice memo! Follow Superwomen on Instagram. Big Ideas The disturbing fate of plastics and why we need to change that. The challenges Blueland encountered in product development. How reaching beyond the eco-conscious market actually broadens the environmental impact. Guest Website Blueland @Blueland @spaiji
26:39
October 20, 2020
Tiny But Transparent: Melissa Clayton of Tiny Tags
Tiny Tags is a small company, and Melissa Clayton likes it that way. After working as a CPA early on in her career, eventually the entrepreneurial genes she inherited from her father began to activate, stirring within Melissa the desire to start her own company. Ironically, Melissa didn’t know a whole lot about jewelry making when she got the idea for a line that would celebrate the many facets that motherhood can take. What she has learned, however, is that “everybody you meet knows something you don’t.” A chance encounter on a plane put her in touch with a woman who would help her learn the ins and outs of running a jewelry company. Since then, Melissa has been met with lessons that have taught her how important it is to adhere to the vision that feels most authentic to the company, regardless of what anyone else might think. Thanks for listening! We love our listeners! Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here, or visit https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages on your desktop or phone to leave us a voice memo! Follow Superwomen on Instagram. Big Ideas The importance of having a supportive community when raising children. How to work effectively with a spouse or family member. The value in focusing on what is authentic to the company rather than trying to cast a wide net. Guest Website Tiny Tags
21:55
October 13, 2020
Think Outside the Box: Katie Rosen Kitchens of FabFitFun
Back in 2010, the zenith of subscription boxes was just beyond the horizon - a small glimmer in the consumer’s eye. Katie Rosen saw this as an opportunity not to be missed. These days, while they may be ubiquitous across multiple markets, Katie has found a way to keep FabFitFun one of the most sought-after subscription boxes on the market, even after 10 years. Inspired by beauty boxes but unsatisfied with the (small) size of the samples, Katie sought to create boxes that would get customers excited, including full sized products at a fraction of the price. By relying on consumer feedback from day one, and creating community beyond simply selling, the company has garnered a loyal following that now boasts over a million members worldwide. Thanks for listening! We love our listeners! Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here, or visit https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages on your desktop or phone to leave us a voice memo! Follow Superwomen on Instagram. Big Ideas Keeping afloat in saturated markets. [05:20] How to grow a loyal following within your brand’s community. [10:00] Guest Website FabFitFun Instagram
24:39
October 6, 2020
Get Your Own Seat: Suzanne Lerner of Michael Stars
How often do people consider the ethics behind the brands they buy? While it’s becoming increasingly popular to make sure your money is going somewhere “woke,” it’s still not quite the norm. Suzanne Lerner, then, was ahead of her time when she and Michael founded the company of the same name in the 1980’s, and made it their mission to support equality in all its various facets. While the company has had to pivot and grow over the years, the heart of their mission has remained the same. Suzanne regularly puts their company profits towards charitable organizations, and has recently paired with Gloria Steinem to support voting initiatives in addition to work for gender and racial equity. As Suzanne puts it, “It’s okay to make a profit, but it’s even better to give it away.” Thanks for listening! We love our listeners! Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here, or visit https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages on your desktop or phone to leave us a voice memo! Follow Superwomen on Instagram. Big Ideas Advice for getting a new product in stores. [04:37] How to progress in business when your partner is unable to continue in their role. [07:53] Advice for working with margins. [14:24] Links Ms. Foundation ERA Coalition A Call to Men Black Voters Matter Voto Latino March On
24:26
September 29, 2020
The Prophecy of Bea: Learning to Be Zero F*cks Zen With Bea Dixon of The Honey Pot Company
Lots of businesses start with a dream, but rarely is it literally by the guidance of someone who arrives in your slumber. For Bea Dixon, it was exactly that: months of a persistent health condition culminated in a dreamtime visit from Bea’s grandmother, who gave her the recipe that would heal her body once and for all. Thus began the earliest iterations of The Honey Pot Company. After working as a pharmacy tech for 10 years, followed by her own cleaning business and stints in the realm of natural supplements, Bea knew her personal and professional experience made her the perfect candidate to launch a line of plant-based feminine care products. Eight years in, the success of The Honey Pot Co. is growing everyday. Bea now has her sights set on creating a life of beauty and simplicity, where she owns her own time and lives by the philosophy that “everything communicates.” Thanks for listening! We love our listeners! Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here, or visit https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages on your desktop or phone to leave us a voice memo! Follow Superwomen on Instagram. Big Ideas Understanding the role of pH in vaginal health. [02:36] The struggles presented by discrimination in starting and owning your own business as a woman or person of color. [12:17] Guest Website The Honey Pot Company
27:59
September 22, 2020
For the Love of Brick & Mortar: Jill Manoff of Glossy
Jill Manoff loves brick and mortar, rarely gets a pedicure, and holds a soft spot for reading paper magazines on the beach. This may seem incongruous for the editor-in-chief of a high profile online publication like Glossy, but Jill knows what she likes. This hasn’t always been the case. Before Jill made the move to New York, she was working as a fashion writer, and then a stylist. Getting burnt out from overworking herself, she reached a point where she had a day off and realized she didn’t even know what she liked to do for fun anymore. This turning point forced Jill to take a look at her life, gather a new perspective, and figure out how she really wanted to spend her life. She’s still not interested in getting a massage, though. Thanks for listening! We love our listeners! Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here, or visit https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages on your desktop or phone to leave us a voice memo! Follow Superwomen on Instagram. Big Ideas How to work your way up in the fashion world. [04:28] The value in taking a pay cut if it’s for the job you truly love. [06:10] The multidimensional nature of women, and how we can use this as a strength. [13:16]
25:41
September 15, 2020
Martha Miller: Getting Comfortable Working in Ambiguity
Martha Miller never really thought she’d be working for the federal government. A self-proclaimed “over achiever,” Martha studied cognitive neuroscience and obtained a law degree from Georgetown before entering the field of law. She’s even rumored to have used the Rebecca Minkoff M.A.B. bag at her first job! In 2016 Martha was appointed the Director of the Office of the Advocate for Small Business Capital Formation, a branch of the SEC. Simultaneously creating and directing a brand new government office catapulted Martha out of her comfort zone, forcing her to find “comfort in ambiguity” and recognize that it’s when we’re pushed beyond our limits that real impact can occur. Her work, in turn, helps small business owners move out of their comfort zones in order to reap the rewards that come with dreaming big. Thanks for listening! We love our listeners! Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here, or visit https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages on your desktop or phone to leave us a voice memo! Follow Superwomen on Instagram. Big Ideas The importance of learning about different fundraising options and finding the best one for your company. [05:28] Getting comfortable working through ambiguity. [13:31] Advice for small businesses. [16:50] Guest Website Office of the Advocate for Small Business Capital Formation Email: smallbusiness@sec.gov
24:32
September 8, 2020
The Catalyst for Change is Conversation: Ally Love of Love Squad
Ally Love is a tour de force. You may know her from your Peloton workouts, or perhaps from watching the Brooklyn Nets. Either way, this dancer-turned-host-turned-fitness instructor-turned-entrepreneur has mastered more careers in her 29 years on this planet than many people do in a lifetime. After a grave childhood accident left doctors questioning if Ally would ever recover her mobility, her mother enrolled her in a dance class. Ally flourished in the dance studio, and commenced the pursuit that would eventually lead her from Miami to New York. Several years and many successful careers later, Ally has founded Love Squad, aimed at supporting the work and wellbeing of women at little to no cost. Ally’s valiant mission is for every woman to have their own love squad, surrounding themselves with other women who lift them up and celebrate them for who they are. Thanks for listening! We love our listeners! Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here, or visit https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages on your desktop or phone to leave us a voice memo! Follow Superwomen on Instagram. Big Ideas Ally’s story of personal triumph. [00:48] The inspiration behind Love Squad. [15:55] Social change as a driving force for political change. [20:40] Guest Website Love Squad Instagram
32:09
September 1, 2020
Green Goddess: Catharine Arnston of ENERGYbits
When was the last time you thought about algae? Maybe you’re a health maven ahead of the curve and you enjoyed some in your smoothie this morning, but most folks would sooner associate algae with a pond in late summer than a nutrient boost in their breakfast. Catharine Arnston is looking to change that. After her sister was diagnosed with cancer and a doctor recommended supporting her treatment with chlorophyll-rich chlorella, Catharine began researching the health benefits of algae more deeply. She found was that what amounts to a multi-billion dollar industry in China makes barely a blip in the U.S. market. Using chlorella and spirulina, both of which come with their own distinctly powerful nutrients, Catharine started ENERGYbits, the only algae supplement brand of its kind in the U.S. Go to  ENERGYbits.com and use code  RMXenergybits to get 20% off your order! Thanks for listening! We love our listeners! Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here, or visit https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages on your desktop or phone to leave us a voice memo! Follow Superwomen on Instagram. Links ENERGYbits  - 20% Off Promotional Code: RMXenergybits Why the world needs algae How algae helps protect with a strong immune system Improve Wellness with algae
28:41
August 25, 2020
Execution is Everything: Danielle Bernstein, Author and Founder of WeWoreWhat
You may have heard of Danielle Bernstein, author, entrepreneur, and queen of the fashion scene on Instagram. What you may not know is that ten years ago she was an intern at Rebecca Minkoff! Growing up on Long Island, Danielle wasn’t sure what sort of career she wanted – all she knew was that she was destined to live in New York City. Her dreams of a life like the ones portrayed on Sex and the City led her to several internships, which then solidified her desire to foray into the world of fashion. Ten years and multiple business ventures later, Danielle is using her status as an influencer for the good of the community, walking her talk and showcasing the notion that when we lift each other up we make the world a better place. Thanks for listening! We love our listeners! Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here, or visit https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages on your desktop or phone to leave us a voice memo! Follow Superwomen on Instagram. Big Ideas The idea behind WeWoreWhat and the concept of working with influencers. [08:05] The value and longevity that is created when one is willing to put in the work and effort. [12:38] What to look for in potential hires in order to build a stellar team. [15:12] Links This Is Not a Fashion Story Danielle Bernstein at Macy’s WeWoreWhat Shop WeGaveWhat Moe Assist The Global Creators Community
23:43
August 18, 2020
Sharing is Caring: Squad Goals with Isa Watson
Published chemistry whiz, JP Morgan financial expert, and classically trained pianist Isa Watson had a perfectly-honed plan to take her straight to the senate. Accustomed to excelling in almost any field she attempted, it was no surprise that Isa achieved many outstanding goals all at a young age. However, when Isa was in her late 20’s, her father’s sudden death turned everything upside down. What had always seemed like the perfect plan for the perfect life began to feel hollow. In the wake of personal tragedy, Isa sought to reevaluate her priorities, and what emerged was a desire to carry on the traditions her parents had valued, namely supporting friends and the community. The idea for Squad was born: an app for your phone that connects you with likeminded individuals in real life. Now, Isa says, she hopes to use technology as a tool to generate empathy, compassion, and healthy relationships in a world that simultaneously creates proximity and distance all in the same breath. Thanks for listening! We love our listeners! Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here, or visit https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages on your desktop or phone to leave us a voice memo! Follow Superwomen on Instagram. Big Ideas Processing grief and trauma, and how that changes our goals and perspective. [04:10] Tips for fundraising – start before you need the money, get traction before you raise, and maintain practices of selfcare. [15:42] The need for white people to educate themselves on the structure of systemic racism in order to become better allies. [23:14] Links Text ISA at 474747 for resources in anti-racism training! Squad Instagram
31:30
August 11, 2020
Team Work, Team Success: Sarah Shadonix of Scout & Cellar
When Sarah Shadonix decided to leave the world of law and pursue her passion for wine, she didn’t think it would come with daily headaches. In studying to become a sommelier, the nightly tastings were leaving her regretful the next morning, even when she limited her consumption. Curious to figure out why, Sarah commenced an exhaustive research of the wine making process from start to finish. What she found was that the vast majority of wines are cultivated and treated with a staggering number of pesticides, herbicides and insecticides, in addition to a number of other chemicals and added sugars. Unfortunately none of this is required to be disclosed to consumers. Hopeful to continue her career in wine, Sarah made it her mission to create a company founded in “clean crafted” products. Scout & Cellar is now approaching its third birthday. Founded on such tenets as authenticity, transparency and teamwork, the company has gone from one employee and $2 million in first year sales to a company of 100, with sales reaching $60 million last year. Now that’s a reason to celebrate! Thanks for listening! We love our listeners! Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here, or visit https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages on your desktop or phone to leave us a voice memo! Follow Superwomen on Instagram. Big Ideas Sarah’s interest in wine, and how she discovered the need for a “clean wine movement.” [00:59] The power behind teamwork, and inspiring others to join you in your vision. [11:55] Tips for seeking out “clean crafted” wines. [17:58]
22:57
August 4, 2020
This is a Human Issue: Tovah Haim of Bodily
Before you become pregnant and give birth, you may think you have a pretty good idea of the whole process. It may come as a shock, then, when all sorts of things happen to your body that no one ever mentioned. Why, in the 21st century, are we still left in the dark on so many aspects of one of the most commonly shared experiences in human history? Tovah Haim has made it her mission to change all that. When her own journey through pregnancy and birth was filled with surprises that were all considered normal, she decided it was unacceptable for women to continue to go through this process uninformed. In founding Bodily, she’s made it her mission not only to illuminate the hidden aspects of pregnancy, birth, and recovery, but to provide products that make the experience a holistic and supportive one. Thanks for listening! We love our listeners! Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here, or visit https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages on your desktop or phone to leave us a voice memo! Follow Superwomen on Instagram. Big Ideas The lack of resources surrounding bodily changes during and after pregnancy. [03:55] Learning to understand your potential market in “taboo” subject areas. [11:50] Ways in which we can support each other in opening up about traditionally private topics, such as health, bodies and finances. [13:59]
32:09
July 28, 2020
It’s the Time to Try: Michelle Cordeiro Grant of Lively
Back in January, Michelle Cordeiro Grant, CEO and founder of Lively (those cute bras you see on Instagram!), was consumed by ways to expand the brand’s brick and mortar presence. What seemed like a paramount concern quickly changed as the news of coronavirus set in. With shoppers now spending more time online looking for purchases, Michelle decided to embrace the challenge, rather than shy away from it. Taking inspiration from such well-known companies as Apple, Exxon and Disney, all of which started during “periods of correction,” Michelle shares her belief that this is actually a fertile time for business if it can work to meet the needs of consumers. As she says, “This is the time to try a lot [of different things] and break shit,” knowing that each experiment takes you one step closer to success. Thanks for listening! We love our listeners! Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here, or visit https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages on your desktop or phone to leave us a voice memo! Follow Superwomen on Instagram. Big Ideas How to get more eyes on your company. [03:36] How new business practices learned during COVID can translate to future success. [07:14] Ways to keep your team motivated in uncertain times. [09:46]
16:39
July 21, 2020
Innovative Impact: Discussing the Intersection of Business and Social Responsibility with Susan McPherson
What does it take for a company to do well? Not financially, but in terms of its impact on employees, the community, and the environment? Susan McPherson of McPherson Strategies makes it her mission to help companies create social impact and increase corporate responsibility, with the adage that “business is a force for good, and sustainability is good for business.” After working in corporate America for most of her life, at the age of 48 Susan took the opportunity to start her own business. While it may have been scary at first, she soon realized the business she wanted to create utilized the very skills she had cultivated in working for others, but this time she could call it her own. Now in the process of getting her first book published, Susan is excited to share what she knows about forging meaningful connections by being of service to others. Thanks for listening! We love our listeners! Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here, or visit https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages on your desktop or phone to leave us a voice memo! Follow Superwomen on Instagram. Big Ideas What is corporate responsibility and why does it matter? [01:02] Challenges faced by women in corporate settings. [10:41] Learning to recognize the way choices of both consumers and manufacturers have a ripple effect on the environment. [16:04] Guest Website McPherson Strategies Instagram
27:20
July 14, 2020
Lean Into Courage: Writer Minda Harts on the Power of Intersectionality in the Workplace
Writer Minda Harts does not want you to give up or shy away. The writer, speaker and career revolutionary has made it her mission to support women of color in their professional goals. Now, as the call for change rings stronger than ever, Minda asks that we use our intentionality to take this opportunity from a moment to a movement, holding ourselves and others accountable in such a way that contributes to long term change for the better. Thanks for listening! We love our listeners! Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here, or visit https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages on your desktop or phone to leave us a voice memo! Follow Superwomen on Instagram. Big Ideas The inspiration and need for books like The Memo. [03:02] Ways for white people to generate awareness and understanding of the many nuances of racism, and therefore how to work against it. [06:28] Inclusion as a way of humanizing one another. [09:04] Guest Website Minda Harts Instagram Twitter
18:57
July 7, 2020
Be Your Own Boss: Taking the Reigns of Career Transition with Emilie Aries of Bossed Up
In this episode of our COVID-specific series we are thrilled to have guest Emilie Aries, author, speaker and CEO/founder of Bossed Up. After experiencing extreme stress from a young age working on political campaigns in D.C., Emilie decided it was time to be her own boss, creating a new career that would fuel her fire rather than burn her out. Emilie now uses research, tactical and practical training to guide other women through their own career transitions. At the moment there may be a lot of people facing this very challenge, not as a choice but as a matter of necessity. Emilie uses her expertise to share tips on job search, the concept of a “bridge job,” and ways to finesse a résumé for better results. She also dives into the importance of psychological safety as modeled in leadership, and why now it’s more important than ever to embrace our shared vulnerability with open arms. Thanks for listening! We love our listeners! Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here, or visit https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages on your desktop or phone to leave us a voice memo! Follow Superwomen on Instagram. Big Ideas The concept of a “bridge job” and the “CAR method” that can be used to improve results when changing jobs or switching between industries. [05:22] Symptoms of burnout and ways to keep yourself supported in times of stress. [10:52] Why it’s important for leaders to create a sense of psychological safety in this period of time. [17:10] Guest Website Bossed Up EmilieAries.com Bossed Up Podcast
22:04
June 30, 2020
Biz, Please: Mary Ann Reilly of Visa Talks Small Business Success
Maybe you’re a small business owner. Maybe you’d barely gotten your feet wet when COVID hit. Under these conditions, everyone is trying to regroup and reorganize, but small business owners are in a unique situation: they’re trying to figure out how to keep revenue flowing and adapt to the digital-first world we are living in, without the funding that a large corporation has. To tackle these topics we have Mary Ann Reilly, Head of North America Marketing at Visa. Mary Ann holds extensive experience in finance, marketing and global branding. Some of her favorite projects, however, are programs that support small businesses and champion women’s advancement. Last year, Visa partnered with the Female Founder Collective to launch She’s Next, Empowered by Visa, a global initiative that helps women in their efforts to run, fund and grow their small businesses. And, more recently, Visa announced a significant commitment to digitally enable  50 million small and micro businesses around  the globe in the wake of the economic crisis. Thanks for listening! We love our listeners! Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here, or visit https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages on your desktop or phone to leave us a voice memo! Follow Superwomen on Instagram. Big Ideas Leveraging the tools at your disposal to transition your business online. [03:24] How to plan a successful reopening that prioritizes health and safety. [05:20] Links Female Founder Collective  She’s Next, Empowered by Visa Visa Small Business Hub Authorize.Net is waiving its gateway monthly fee for new merchants until August 1, 2020, which provides access to several digital payment and fraud management tools
18:41
June 23, 2020
Broad Generalizations: Changing the Narrative with Samantha DiGennaro
When Samantha DiGennaro felt things begin to falter in her corporate job, she made a bold move. Rather than meekly waiting to see how things would transpire, she headed directly into HR and crafted an elegant exit strategy. Samantha is a “take the bull by the horns” kind of gal. Rather than go to work for someone else, she took her newfound freedom as an opportunity to start her own PR and marketing firm, DiGennaro Communications. Founded on tenets of teamwork and equality, Samantha has made it her mission to embolden and uplift women in the workplace, encouraging us to find our voice and use it loudly! Special thanks to our sponsor Book of The Month.   Book of the Month is a curated book subscription that offers five new and early-release books to choose from each month. It’s a great way to branch out into new genres or styles. They also support up-and-coming authors, especially debut writers, and highlight new and diverse backgrounds. Use code BOTMXRM to get your first book for just $9.99 We love our listeners! Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here, or visit https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages on your desktop or phone to leave us a voice memo! Follow Superwomen on Instagram. Big Ideas The importance of making yourself known within the company, and speaking your truth. [06:13] Working to create more gender equality within Fortune 500 companies. [15:25] The changing face of PR. [16:47]
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June 16, 2020
Taking Back Birth: Latham Thomas, Founder of Mama Glow
As we see people flock to the streets in support of ending violence against black communities, it’s beneficial to the cause to reflect upon other forms of racial inequity that exist in the U.S. in less overt ways. One such example is the disparity in maternal mortality rates between white mothers and women of color. Nationwide, black mothers are 4-5 times more likely to die in childbirth, with those statistics rising to 8-12 times in places like New York City. COVID-19 has only made the situation worse. Latham Thomas, doula, author and founder of Mama Glow, has made it her mission to approach the entire reproductive continuum, including abortion, loss, birth, breastfeeding and even menopause, with information and support. Through Mama Glow, she works to create education and access to resources in order to support women at every stage in an ongoing commitment to advocacy through birth equity. Thanks for listening! We love our listeners! Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here, or visit https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages on your desktop or phone to leave us a voice memo! Follow Superwomen on Instagram. Links Irth App 13th Amendment Film Mama Glow Mama Glow on Instagram Latham Thomas on Instagram
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June 9, 2020
Sell With Compassion, Sell With Heart: The New Age of Sales with Laura Wright
What is it about sales? Why do so many people, especially women, cringe at the thought of trying to sell their services, even when we know we offer something of great value? This question is especially relevant under current circumstances. Laura Wright draws upon her 23 years of expertise to share how it’s possible to create a sales mindset that celebrates trust, leadership and connection. Learn how aligning with your inner strengths and values fosters longstanding relationships with clients, paving the way for a successful business built upon a foundation of integrity. Thanks for listening! We love our listeners! Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here, or visit https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages on your desktop or phone to leave us a voice memo! Follow Superwomen on Instagram. Big Ideas How to angle sales during COVID-19 in a way that is supportive. [03:18] Considering how to make your business of service in order to support critical needs. [07:25] Restructuring your method of sales to align with inner values. [12:08] Links No Woman Down Free E-Book
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June 2, 2020
Décor Disruptor: Natalie Ebel of Backdrop
You may not think of painting your walls as a “therapeutic process,” but Natalie Ebel sure does. In fact, it’s her go to in times of stress. The only child of a painter by profession, Natalie grew up helping her dad paint, transposing those skills to an art degree in college. It was only natural, then, that the technical and artistic skills she learned growing up would one day blossom into her own paint company, Backdrop. Bootstrapping it with her husband and a mutual friend, the three launched the company the same year Natalie had her first child. Learning to navigate motherhood and entrepreneurship in tandem has made Natalie nothing if not scrappy, and that sort of drive and creativity has made Backdrop a definitive hit among design enthusiasts. Known for its functionality as well as its curated color palette, Backdrop was designed to make painting a pleasure. Thanks for listening! We love our listeners! Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here, or visit https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages on your desktop or phone to leave us a voice memo! Follow Superwomen on Instagram. Big Ideas Digging into the process of bootstrapping with your life partner as your business partner. [03:43] The sacrifices that go into starting a business. [12:05]
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May 26, 2020
Graduation Motivation: Priming Yourself for Promotions with Elisabeth Leonard of Female Founder Collective
Folks getting ready to graduate, enter the workforce, or those early on in their careers, this episode is for you! Chances are no matter where you start in a company, you have your sights set on moving up. Here’s why it’s important to see the potential in your position and do the hard work that makes your value shine through. Rebecca gets down to business with Elisabeth Leonard, who started as a receptionist at Rebecca Minkoff and then worked her way through various positions in the company, eventually landing a job at the Female Founder Collective where she now performs her job remotely from Chile. Elisabeth emphasizes the importance of working all angles of an entry level position in order to prime yourself for moving up in the company, including cultivating a mindset of determination, commitment and a knack for clever pitching. She also shares the best ways to organize and motivate yourself when working from home, no matter what your job entails. WAYS TO MAXIMIZE PRODUCTIVITY WORKING FROM HOME PLAN YOUR WEEK Creating a to-do-list is essential. Design a schedule that enhances your productivity and keeps you on track; it will make you stay focused. Keep your body clock in check by sticking to a normal workday schedule throughout the week. TAKE BREAKS Breaks are an important part of everyone’s daily routine. It’s important to incorporate breaks regardless of where you’re working; everyone needs a time to reset and walk away from the computer screen. You’ll feel refreshed, relaxed and have a clearer head afterwards. GET DRESSED Take the time to wake up early and get dressed every day. Dress as if you were working in an office; it really does put you in a different mindset for your day. MAKE USE OF TECHNOLOGY One of the main things that enable us to work from home are the apps and tools that are designed to help remove distance as a “barrier”. Finding the right tools for you and your team to remain connected is very important for remaining productive at home. Some of our favorite programs/apps are: SLACK AIRTABLE 1PASSWORD HELLOSIGN Thanks for listening! We love our listeners! Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here, or visit https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages on your desktop or phone to leave us a voice memo! Follow Superwomen on Instagram.
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May 19, 2020
The Art of a Productive Life: Actress Jenna Elfman
You may know Jenna Elfman from TV shows like Dharma  & Greg, or more recently Fear  the Walking Dead, but she’s also a family friend of Superwomen host, Rebecca! After wearing one of Rebecca’s early t-shirt designs on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, orders came pouring in, launching Rebecca Minkoff as a household name, making her a sought-after designer overnight and helping her pave the way to the brand she has now. Starting out as a dancer in everything from commercials, to music videos, to backup dancing for Cher, by her early 20’s Jenna had decided that she wanted to make a bigger impact in people’s lives, and the way to do that was through television. With a resume that touts numerous hit TV shows, Jenna sees the key to her success as her ability to combine the freedom to dream with the discipline of research in order to create the clearest of goals with unswerving aim. Not only has this made Jenna a success, it’s even helped some of her friends along the way! Thanks for listening! We love our listeners! Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here, or visit https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages on your desktop or phone to leave us a voice memo! Follow Superwomen on Instagram. Big Ideas The value in creating a clear goal and trajectory. [07:46] Working in alignment with your personal interests and values. [15:32] The importance of reevaluating your goals in times of crisis or stagnation. [19:42]
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May 12, 2020
Gut and Grit: Money Management During COVID-19 with Financial Advisor Tracy Byrnes
Financial advisor Tracy Byrnes has seen her share of earth-shaking events in the realm of finance. With a background in accounting and journalism, Tracy has reported on such events as the burst of the tech bubble and the 2008 financial crisis. She currently works as a financial advisor at UBS. Here Tracy draws on her experience to support listeners in the uncertain financial landscape dominated by fear of COVID-19. Tracy expounds upon the importance of surrounding yourself with experts in the field, including accountants, attorneys and financial advisors, and the ways in which they can guide you in the best decisions to support the longevity of your business. Thanks for listening! We love our listeners! Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here, or visit https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages on your desktop or phone to leave us a voice memo! Follow Superwomen on Instagram. You can reach out to Tracy directly at tracy.byrnes@ubs.com  Links UBS Business Owner Resilience Center Coronavirus Relief Sources for US Business Owners Article: The PPP has run out of funds: now what?
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May 5, 2020
Rebecca Minkoff x This Is Working
This week, we're doing something a little different. Rebecca recently sat down with LinkedIn's EIC Daniel Roth for his show, This Is Working. In this last episode recorded from LinkedIn's office (remember those?) and before the pandemic hit all companies hard — including hers — Dan and Rebecca discuss how she came to embrace the business side of the business and what she’s hoping to do for other women. Thanks for listening! We love our listeners! Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here, or visit https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages on your desktop or phone to leave us a voice memo! Follow Superwomen on Instagram. Listen to This Is Working on Apple Podcasts Daniel Roth’s LinkedIn profile LinkedIn Editors page
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April 28, 2020
A Field Guide to Finances During COVID-19 with Wendy Heilbut and Shelly Kapoor Collins
Coronavirus has had an impact on daily living unlike anything most of us have ever experienced before. Navigating uncharted waters during this period can be unsettling, especially in business. Wendy Heilbut, partner at Jayaram Law Group, and Shelly Kapoor Collins, Founder and GP of the Shatter Fund, join Rebecca for this special episode focused on what female entrepreneurs need to know in the midst of COVID-19. Their experience in law, tech and fundraising provide the background for how to navigate everything from lease agreements to venture capital. And if you’re just starting your business, don’t despair. There are still plenty of companies looking to invest. Above all, this is a time when we are given the opportunity to find strength in vulnerability, and fortitude in authenticity, with the comfort of knowing we are all finding our way together. Thanks for listening! We love our listeners! Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here, or visit https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages on your desktop or phone to leave us a voice memo! Follow Superwomen on Instagram. Guest Website Jayaram Law Group Shatter Fund
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April 23, 2020
Comparison Will Kill You: Daniella Yacobovsky of BaubleBar
Most women find themselves, at one time or another, looking for the perfect accessory to compliment that special outfit, or maybe they’re simply strolling through a store with a friend and want to treat themselves to something sparkly. Finding the right look at the right price point is often harder than it needs to be. It was in this sort of conundrum that Daniella Yacobovsky found herself, wanting a little flash but not wanting to break the bank. She and her friend, Amy Jain, were wandering around a store discussing this very subject. They became friends while working in finance, then found themselves attending Harvard Business School in the same class. A casual conversation about jewelry soon became a business plan, and BaubleBar was born. Now in its ninth year and carried in major department stores throughout the country, BaubleBar is proof that inspiration can strike anywhere, anytime! Thanks for listening! We love our listeners! Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here, or visit https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages on your desktop or phone to leave us a voice memo! Follow Superwomen on Instagram. Big Ideas Merchandising and product strategy. [06:19] The toxic culture of defining ourselves by over-working. [13:17] Understanding the importance of being honest and direct in your feedback. [17:27]
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April 21, 2020
Funding & Planning Your Way Through A Crisis with Alison Wyatt
Alison Wyatt, co-founder of the Female Founder Collective, is no stranger to investing in businesses big and small. In this bonus episode Rebecca and Alison talk about how entrepreneurs can manage their expectations while fundraising during this uncertain time, along with the types of businesses that she thinks are most likely to thrive and what business owners should be prioritizing right now. "It's ensuring that you have all these scenarios that you've planned for, so that if the worst case happens you know what  that looks like, if the best case happens you can take advantage of it." Like these bonus mini episodes? Don't forget to share with your friends, leave us a voice memo, or email us your questions at  superwomen@rebeccaminkoff.com
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April 15, 2020
It Runs in the Family: Ariane Daguin of D’Artagnan Foods
When Ariane Daguin left the region of Gascony, France, in the early 1980’s to study journalism at Columbia, it was with the intention of leaving the culinary world behind. While her father is a well-known chef, Ariane had her sights set on journalism school. When a summer job in a New York charcuterie shop didn’t give her the money she needed to pay for the following year’s tuition, she stayed on, even going so far as to position the charcuterie as the exclusive purveyor of the first quality foie gras being produced at the time. The owners of the charcuterie were ultimately uninterested in the contract, but Ariane saw this as an opportunity not to be missed. Wrangling a friend and combining their savings, the two rented a warehouse in Jersey City with the intention of distributing humanely raised meat products to the restaurants of New York. D’Artagnan Foodswas born. While the first years were not easy, interest in quality meat production only grew from there. One of the first proponents of humane, eco-conscious farming, it’s only fitting that Ariane now has her sights set on building a farm of her own! Thanks for listening! We love our listeners! Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here, or visit https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages on your desktop or phone to leave us a voice memo! Follow Superwomen on Instagram. Big Ideas The importance of raising animals humanely. [02:50] The unseen cost of conventional farming methods. [13:54] Advice from Julia Child for women in any business. [28:06]
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April 14, 2020
What To Do With Your Money In a Time of Crisis, With Sallie Krawcheck of Ellevest
With unemployment rates skyrocketing during the COVID-19 pandemic,  many of us are worried about our money and our investments. In this mini  episode Sallie Krawcheck, CEO and co-founder of Ellevest, answers  Rebecca's questions about money and gives us actionable tips to ease our  anxiety. HINT: It starts by taking a deep breath! So whether you're  unemployed, or wondering if now is a good time to invest in the stock  market, Sallie gives us reassurance that in the long run things will work  out. Visit http://ellevest.com/ to have your questions answered by Sally and her team. Like these bonus mini episodes? Don't forget to share with your friends, leave us a voice memo or email us your questions at superwomen@rebeccaminkoff.com 
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April 9, 2020
Ain’t No Mountain High Enough: Singer and Songwriter Jessi Alexander
She sings in the shower and in the car, and loves to watch, “The Bachelor.” She also wrote Miley Cyrus’ hit song, “The Climb.” This isn’t your best friend’s Tindr profile. We’re talking about Jessi Alexander, the prolific singer and songwriter who just released her latest album, Decatur County Red. After spending much of her career writing songs for the likes of Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton and Sheryl Crow, Jessi wrote a flurry of songs that she simply couldn’t part with. They felt like they were meant to be performed by her, and her alone. After wrestling with the notion of leaving her relative anonymity behind, Jessi decided to step into the spotlight, sharing her songs and raising her voice. Thanks for listening! We love our listeners! Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here, or visit https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages on your desktop or phone to leave us a voice memo! Follow Superwomen on Instagram. Big Ideas The unique energy that you bring to a project when it feels like a reflection of yourself, and you truly enjoy what you’re doing. [14:50] Streaming and the financial toll it takes on songwriters. [18:58] The importance of understanding your weaknesses, and when to delegate. [28:13] Links Instagram – for tour updates Decatur County Red It All Begins With a Song Documentary
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April 7, 2020
Market Yourself: Aliza Licht of Leave Your Mark
According to Aliza Licht, she wasn’t born with the ability to command a room. Growing up, the author, founder and president of Leave Your Mark, LLC, struggled to speak anytime she was thrust into the spotlight. It wasn’t until she was in college that she felt comfortable speaking before a group of people. Working in PR for Donna Karan, it was Aliza’s Gossip Girl-inspired tactics that made the anonymous Twitter account, @dknyprgirl, one of the first popular fashion accounts on the platform. Now the president of a successful branding and digital strategy firm, Aliza is regularly booked for public speaking engagements, coaching entrepreneurs in leadership and encouraging their success. Thanks for listening! We love our listeners! Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here, or visit https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages on your desktop or phone to leave us a voice memo! Follow Superwomen on Instagram. Big Ideas The creative process and how that can be fueled by openness to new ideas. [06:49] Keeping a “lead sheet” to keep track of contacts and future opportunities. [10:07] The immense value in media training. [22:13] Links Leave Your Mark Book Leave Your Mark Podcast Forbes Article – How You Know You’re Not Meant To Be An Entrepreneur Own The Room Training
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March 31, 2020
Everyday Adventures: Ruzwana Bashir of Peek
Taking a look at Ruzwana Bashir’s resume, you might think she was born into a lifestyle of unlimited opportunity. Educated at Oxford and Harvard Business School, she had an education on par with that of the wealthiest families in the world. However, everything that Ruzwana has accomplished is due to her own steely work ethic. When an investor passed on the chance to fund Peek, Ruzwana’s travel experience company which recently raised $40 million in capital, he told her it was because he didn’t know if she had “the grit” to make it in entrepreneurship. From then on she changed her goal from being professional to being authentic. The experiences she had growing up in an immigrant family, selling vegetables to make ends meet, working to get full scholarships to fund her education, all cultivated within Ruzwana the perseverance, grace and gratitude that has made her the successful entrepreneur she is today. Thanks for listening! We love our listeners! Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here, or visit https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages on your desktop or phone to leave us a voice memo! Follow Superwomen on Instagram. Big Ideas The value in being yourself, and how that can benefit you and your business. [07:49] Ruzwana’s transformative process of prosecuting her abuser and opening up about her experience. [15:04] Links Ruzwana’s Article for The Guardian Peek
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March 24, 2020
Special Message From Rebecca
Things are...weird. Thanks to all our listeners who continue to support us during this time. We're here for you and hope to keep you motivated and inspired. Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here, or visit https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages on your desktop or phone to leave us a voice memo and let us know how you're staying sane. Follow Superwomen on Instagram to stay up to date on the latest episodes. 
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March 19, 2020
Cooking is a Muscle: Getting Culinary with Mia Rigden of The Rasa Life
Nutrition runs in Mia Rigden’s blood. According to Mia, her grandmother, a dietician born in the 1930’s, was slathering coconut oil on her meals long before it was popular. Although Mia has always considered herself an adventurous eater, in her 20’s she found herself vacillating between enjoying the perks of restaurant PR work, and restricting herself to stringent juice cleanses. Now focusing on integrative nutrition through her company, The Rasa Life, Mia works with clients to optimize their food choices in a way that works best for them. Eschewing the notion that diets need branding, Mia honors the understanding each person is unique, wellness does not necessarily equal thinness, and reminds us that we all have what it takes to be our own best chefs! Thanks for listening! We love our listeners! Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here, or visit https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages on your desktop or phone to leave us a voice memo! Follow Superwomen on Instagram. Big Ideas The benefits and drawbacks of working as a solo entrepreneur, and the importance of having a support system. [05:27] Feminism and the social dynamics of cooking at home. [07:29] Exploring the link between proper nutrition and mental health. [16:34]
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March 17, 2020
Turning Failure Into Triumph with Barbara Corcoran
Barbara Corcoran wants to have as much fun as she can while she lives on this earth. “I always plan for fun – FIRST.” The real estate mogul and frequent guest on Shark Tank is an expert in business, but she makes living an enjoyable life her first priority. Barbara is, however, no stranger to adversity. While she may make multimillionaire-dom look easy, she wasn’t born into a life of privilege. Growing up in New Jersey, she, her parents and her nine siblings shared a two-bedroom apartment. It was this modest upbringing that gave Barbara the freedom to take a chance on her own business. “I had nothing to lose and nowhere to go but up.” Now on her third successful business venture, Barbara shares what makes a company thrive, and how the worst experiences can become the greatest motivators. Thanks for listening! We love our listeners! Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here, or visit https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages on your desktop or phone to leave us a voice memo! Follow Superwomen on Instagram. Big Ideas The grief that sometimes accompanies selling a business. [08:13] The process of starting over in business. [10:42] The drawbacks inherent in multitasking. [21:10] Guest Website http://www.barbaracorcoran.com/ Business Unusual Podcast Social Media https://www.instagram.com/barbaracorcoran/?hl=en
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March 10, 2020
You Don’t Get What You Don’t Ask For: Leigh Gallagher of Google and Fortune
Leigh Gallagher’s mom always told her, “Do what you love and the money will follow.” Journalism may not always be the most lucrative career, but Leigh has proven her mother right. This powerhouse of a writer not only made a name for herself in journalism, she was crowned Senior Editor at Large at Fortune Magazine – not an easy feat in the male-dominated business world. Now Director of External Affairs at Google, Leigh is still going strong. She’s an advocate for women everywhere, and she’s taking her own advice: putting herself forward, asking lots of questions, and most importantly, asking for what she wants. Thanks for listening! We love our listeners! Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here, or visit https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages on your desktop or phone to leave us a voice memo! Follow Superwomen on Instagram. Big Ideas Reasons why there is such a drastic gap in numbers of male and female leadership, and what we can do to help close that. [04:37] Ways to overcome writer’s block. [17:20] The value in doing solid research. [19:21] Links The AirBnB Story The End of The Suburbs: Where the American Dream is Moving Fortune 40 Under 40 Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit
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March 3, 2020
The Moral and Ethical DNA of Faryl Morse
Faryl Morse is not your average shoe designer. First off, she’s a woman in a male-dominated industry. Secondly, her care and devotion to creatively designed, well-made shoes is only outmatched by her humanitarian efforts. This is evident not only in Faryl’s desire to make cool shoes that are accessible to all people, but also in the way she cares for her employees. Her company, Farylrobin, is the first of its kind to create a summer program so the children of factory workers in China can be closer to their parents when school is not in session. Starting off with a few sketches in her apartment, and now featured in stores like Anthropologie, Faryl has proven that it’s possible to make beautiful things while simultaneously making the world a better place. Thanks for listening! We love our listeners! Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here, or visit https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages on your desktop or phone to leave us a voice memo! Follow Superwomen on Instagram. Big Ideas Sexism and harassment within corporate culture. [06:03] Making well-designed products that are priced in an accessible way, and also accessible to different sizes. [10:30] Guest Website http://www.farylrobin.com/ Social Media https://www.instagram.com/farylrobin/?hl=en
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February 25, 2020
Follow Your True North: Divya Gugnani of Wander Beauty
Sometimes it’s hard to remember that the skin is the largest organ of  the body. We often take for granted this most precious part of ourselves  that keeps us soft, safe, and literally holds us together! It’s also  easy to forget that the skin is porous, and therefore absorbs many  things from the environment, whether we realize it or not. Divya  Gugnani, co-founder of Wander Beauty, had a moment of revelation rushing  to work one day. She wanted beauty and skincare products that were safe  for her skin, effective, and also able to multitask. The idea for  Wander Beauty was formed to directly address the pain points of women  who have to balance work, travel and home life, and to help them look  and feel good doing it.   Thanks for listening!  We love our listeners! Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here, or visit https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages on your desktop or phone to leave us a voice memo! Follow Superwomen on Instagram. Big Ideas Resilience and bouncing back from challenges. [08:20] Knowing your limits, and the importance of surrounding yourself with experts in different areas. [18:12] https://www.wanderbeauty.com/ https://www.instagram.com/wander_beauty/?hl=en
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February 18, 2020
Scrappiness is a Virtue: Jenny Fleiss Co-founder of Rent the Runway
Jenny Fleiss has been an entrepreneur since she was a child. Where most kids are content to simply sell lemonade by the cup, she spent her summer days figuring out how to bundle products, the best form of signage, and what location would generate the highest number of sales. That spirit stayed with her as she grew older, always finding creative ways to solve a problem, like the time she duct taped her heel on the fly. Co-founding both Rent the Runway and Jet Black, Jenny has only picked up steam since her lemonade days. Ever the entrepreneurial mind, she is constantly excited by ways of growing and adapting her businesses to the ever-changing needs of her audience. But that doesn’t mean that business solutions have to be complicated. According to Jenny, one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself is learning how to work creatively with what you have. Thanks for listening! We love our listeners! Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here, or visit https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages on your desktop or phone to leave us a voice memo! Follow Superwomen on Instagram. Big Ideas “Passing the baton” – leaving a good team in place when stepping down from a leadership position. [10:35] Two main categories of innovation: improvements on existing products and creating new products people didn’t know they wanted. [16:21] Creating an active role for your children in your business: talking to them about what you do and inviting their opinions on things. [20:59] Links HBR After Hours Podcast
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February 11, 2020
Cuup Queen: Abby Morgan on Support, Vulnerability, and the Definition of “Sexy”
Episode Description Searching for a perfect bra, one that’s comfortable, fits well, and is just the right amount of sexy (as defined by the wearer, of course!), sometimes feels  akin to a lifelong quest for the holy grail. We explore shopping malls, hunt through boutiques, even forage the forests of online lingerie stores. Sometimes it pays off. Sometimes you go home in the same tired underwire, a box of wheat thins and reruns of Vanderpump Rules as your consolation prize. Abby Morgan wanted to create a product that made bra shopping a success every time. Along with her three co-founders she created Cuup,  a bra company that prides itself not only on its range of sizes (30A-38H), but also on the value of community, creating a safe space for women to share their experiences and work for change in the world. Cuup works to support women’s bodies, but more importantly, they work to support the femme experience. Thanks for listening! We love our listeners! Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here,  or visit https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages on your desktop or phone to leave us  a voice memo! Follow Superwomen on Instagram. Links: CUUP - https://shopcuup.com/ https://www.instagram.com/cuup
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February 4, 2020
Beautiful Hustle: Ariane Goldman of Hatch
What’s the coolest maternity brand? Does that seem like a strange question? It shouldn’t. In a global society that’s more fashion conscious than ever, it doesn’t make sense that maternity designs are so resistant to helping women feel relevant during one of the biggest times in their lives. As a pregnant woman with time on her hands and money to spend, Ariane Goldman experienced this firsthand. She couldn’t find anything she liked enough to buy. Ariane had encountered a similar problem several years earlier when she couldn’t find any suitable options for bridesmaid dresses, so she decided to create her own. A creative at heart and now a mother-to-be, Ariane paved her own way, creating fantastic maternity designs and launching Hatch. While business might have been slow at first, a New York Times article and a sighting on a certain Meghan Markle have secured Hatch as the maternity line for fashionable moms everywhere. Thanks for listening! We love our listeners! Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here, or visit https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages on your desktop or phone to leave us a voice memo! Follow Superwomen on Instagram. Big Ideas The value of uniting women through community-building events. [15:55] Holding gratitude through the ups and downs. [28:24] Links https://www.hatchcollection.com/
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January 28, 2020
Babba Rivera on Baking, Branding, and the Power of Vulnerability
Babba Rivera is an entrepreneurial powerhouse. Born in Sweden to Chilean parents, Babba felt  the struggle to fit in, but she never let that keep her from speaking  her mind. Her creativity and critical thinking may have gone  underappreciated at home, but those qualities are part of what drove her  success, first working for Uber and Away, then launching her own ventures. bybabba is a marketing agency that takes a creative approach to branding. They’ve even launched products from parties in her apartment! In addition to that, Babba is also one of the co-founders on the U.S. end of HER,  a networking group that seeks to connect women, helping them bridge the  gap to find community and support amongst each other in the workplace. Thanks for listening! We love our listeners! Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here, or visit https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages on your desktop or phone to leave us a voice memo! Follow Superwomen on Instagram. Big Ideas Vulnerability as a tool of strength. [04:08] Turning self-victimization into self-awareness. Defining your own narrative. [20:30]
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January 21, 2020
Groove is in the Heart: Susan Feldman Takes on Ageism in Fashion & Beauty
Everyone can identify with the feeling of being invisible sometimes, but for a whole generation, that feeling may be more a matter of endurance. Unfortunately most cultures don’t value older populations as they once did, and western society is especially guilty of that. Susan Feldman was saddened when she saw a friend’s Instagram post joking about being invisible after age 50, and she decided to do something about it. Having taken two years off after launching, building and selling One Kings Lane, Susan launched a very different venture, In the Groove, a website largely focused on beauty where women of all ages can see a reflection of themselves. Filled with fashion tips, health and lifestyle information, and even a menopause registry (!), In the Groove proves that looking good is always in style. Thanks for listening! We love our listeners! Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here, or visit https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages on your desktop or phone to leave us a voice memo! Follow Superwomen on Instagram. Big Ideas Building an audience from nothing. [07:04] The many internal and external changes that come around age 50. [20:07]
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January 14, 2020
Chasing Match Point: Maria Sharapova Talks Tennis Courts and Candy
Maria Sharapova was born in Siberia, raised in Sochi and then, at age 6, moved to the U.S., and she hasn’t really stopped moving since. The tennis sensation who won Wimbledon at 17 and 5 Grand Slam titles in the years since has honed a level of focus so intense that at times she seems more like a Buddhist monk than a star athlete. This stoic concentration has been cultivated intentionally; Maria saw in other tennis players that letting fear or, conversely, pride, lead them on the court more often ended in disappointment rather than a win. She resolved to always look towards the next point, and act as graciously in victory as in losses. It’s a state of being that has bled into other areas of her life, including her work as an entrepreneur. Maria launched Sugarpova, the candy company of which is still 100% owner, in her early 20’s. Though it may seem incongruous for an athlete to peddle treats, as Maria puts it, it’s important to balance hard work something sweet once in a while. Thanks for listening! We love our listeners! Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here, or visit https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages on your desktop or phone to leave us a voice memo! Follow Superwomen on Instagram. Big Ideas The importance of rewarding hard work. [12:45] Balancing vision and branding in a way that leads to revenue. [18:17]
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January 7, 2020
Written in the Cosmos: Jessica Pels of Cosmopolitan Magazine
Things I bet you didn’t know about Cosmo: The first issue was released in 1886; It’s now the largest media brand for young women in the world, reaching 81 million readers; The current editor in chief, Jessica Pels, is a Virgo who loves to cut her own hair! Jessica didn’t always envision herself working in magazines, but she has always loved a great story. Growing up she would watch a movie, then immediately afterwards watch the full director’s cut. For a time she considered a career in film, but it was ultimately the culture of female leadership that led her to choose the path of women’s media. Now as the editor in chief, Jessica is working with her team to make Cosmo a space in print and online where readers can look not only for sex tips, but also for political, financial and career advice, seeing themselves reflected in the full spectrum of what it means to be a woman in the 21st century. Plus horoscopes! Thanks for listening! We love our listeners! Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here, or visit https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages on your desktop or phone to leave us a voice memo! Follow Superwomen on Instagram. Big Ideas Theories on the future of print journalism. [14:01] The double-edged sword of perfectionism. [26:12]
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January 1, 2020
Major Love for Mejuri: Noura Sakkijha on Her Passion For Jewelry and Why Company Culture Matters
In a world of fast fashion it’s easy to find cheap, cute jewelry. But it’s not so fun when that jewelry falls apart, turns your skin green, or worse, is made under poor working conditions. Mejuri is working to turn the jewelry business on its head, offering affordable pieces that are not only made with quality materials but also under ethically sound conditions. Noura Sakkijha, a third generation jeweler, originally began by selling and marketing Mejuri online with the goal of reducing the middle men and keeping prices low for customers. Now going into their fifth year, Mejuri has a proven following, launching its first storefront in L.A. and enabling the company to secure the funding it needs to keep producing beautiful, quality jewelry for all their raving fans. Thanks for listening! We love our listeners! Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here, or visit https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages on your desktop or phone to leave us a voice memo! Follow Superwomen on Instagram. Big Ideas The ways in which the mindset of tech entrepreneurs can inform other types of startups (i.e. Don’t be afraid to fail!). [04:07] Hiring with company culture in mind. [17:11]
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December 31, 2019
From Cookies to Kale: Rachel Drori of Daily Harvest
How many times have you been hungry - hangry, even! – and stuck somewhere with no snacks? Worse, perhaps there’s food laying around but it’s not even something you want to actually consume, but you have no other options, so there go those neon orange Cheezy Ballz down the hatch. Rachel Drori was stuck between a stale cake and a hard place, dreaming of fruit and veggie-based foods that would be nutritious and convenient for busy folks like herself. After scouring the market and finding the same tired protein bars, she finally decided to create the product she wanted for herself. That dream became Daily Harvest, a direct-to-consumer service that delivers fresh produce perfectly portioned to create your own smoothies, bowls and bites, providing your body with the best support to tackle your boss babe goals. Thanks for listening! We love our listeners! Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here, or visit https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages on your desktop or phone to leave us a voice memo! Follow Superwomen on Instagram. Big Ideas No matter the bells and whistles, the core use for the product must be functionally successful in order to ensure return customers! [06:06]
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December 26, 2019
How to Achieve Glowgasm: Sarah Lee and Christine Chang of Glow Recipe
Sarah Lee and Christine Chang were friends for many years before deciding to go into business together. Working in marketing and product development for L'Oréal , both were assigned to work in their Korean offices where they soon developed a lasting friendship. Korea is a hotbed of the latest skincare technology, and Sarah and Christine took note. Combining of-the-moment skincare research with tried and true remedies passed down through their families, the pair launched Glow Recipe, a naturally-based skincare line aimed at making the practice approachable, simple and fun. Using familiar, delicious ingredients such as banana and watermelon, Glow Recipe products soothe and improve the skin, making skincare so effective and pleasurable you may just forget to put makeup on! Thanks for listening! We love our listeners! Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here, or visit https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages on your desktop or phone to leave us a voice memo! Follow Superwomen on Instagram. Big Ideas The value in creating a simple, effective skincare routine that creates less desire for makeup. [12:50] Believing in yourself, your ventures, and you ability to work through challenges. [16:08]
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December 24, 2019
Beauty, Bowls and Branding with Kathryn Duryea of Year and Day
What’s the 7 billion dollar industry that’s perched on your shelves, resting on your table, even held in your hands multiple times a day? It’s not your phone. It’s not even digital. It’s – wait for it – your dishes! That’s right, the tools we use to deliver food to our hungry bodies everyday is a goldmine, and an industry that hasn’t seen many changes in operations in the last several decades. Enter Kathryn Duryea, whose personal journey to create a nice table for herself resulted in frustration. When she did find designs she liked, the prices were far too high. Not everyone has thousands of dollars to put towards plates and forks. Years spent on the brand management team for Tiffany, coupled with her mother’s love of dishware, gave Kathryn the skills, passion and inspiration to start her own brand. Now just two years old, Year and Day has already been critically acclaimed by the likes of Vogue and GQ. According to Kathryn, when it comes to creating a beautiful table for friends and family, “We shouldn’t have to compromise.” Thanks for listening! We love our listeners! Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here, or visit https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages on your desktop or phone to leave us a voice memo! Follow Superwomen on Instagram. Big Ideas The greater goal in creating community and a place for friends and family to share beautiful memories together. [03:28] Creating clear and consistent branding. [09:52]
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December 17, 2019
Unique Yums: Monique Bernstein Celebrates Sweet Success
This episode is sponsored by Capital One Spark Business. It happens all too often. You get the job you’ve been wishing for, hoping for, knowing it suits you perfectly – only to find out that it doesn’t. Such was the case for Monique Bernstein. Working in market research in the first few years out of college, Monique realized her dream job wasn’t that dreamy at all. And so she did what many dissatisfied employees do. She surfed the internet to pass the time. It was there she came across an inspiring article touting the importance of flexing creativity like a muscle, and she began the practice of writing down ten new ideas each day. They could be ideas for anything – home improvement, recipes, poems to write – but Monique found herself focusing on companies she could launch. Specifically companies she could start in one day, with her existing capital, with her existing skill set. Soon after, the concept of Universal Yums, a subscription snack box from a different country each month, was borne. The company that began five years ago with $8k is now slated to make $21 million this year. Couple that with the fact that Monique and her co-founder, Eli, have never taken loans to make their business work, and that is a yummy recipe indeed. Thanks for listening! We love our listeners! Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here, or visit https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages on your desktop or phone to leave us a voice memo! Follow Superwomen on Instagram. Big Ideas The value in owning your own business 100% - not being beholden to investors or shareholders so that you can always make the decisions that feel the best for you. [14:24]
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December 10, 2019
Claire Wasserman: Proud Feminist Helping Women Get Paid
It’s not difficult for most women to think of a time in their careers when they wanted to ask for more money but didn’t – or maybe they did and were denied a raise or a higher starting salary on questionable grounds at best. Enter Claire Wasserman, whose company, Ladies Get Paid, is helping women around the world to advocate for themselves by hosting workshops, coffee hours and webinars to help women find a strong voice in a culture where men still make way more money for the same amount of work. It wasn’t so long ago that Claire avoided the word "feminism" due  to other people's reactions to the word. These days, however, she’s  proud to call herself by “the other F word,” helping women to shake their moneymakers however they see fit. Thanks for listening! We love our listeners! Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here, or visit https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages on your desktop or phone to leave us a voice memo! Follow Superwomen on Instagram. Big Ideas Steps to advocate for yourself and get what you want! [12:43] The value in importance of your decisions, and learning to isolate variables to ensure greater success the next time. [15:28]
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December 3, 2019
Cat Lee: Unapologetically Non-Normal
Cat Lee grew up with the intention of following in her father’s footsteps, and she did, for a while. After graduating from Stanford she immediately began work at Lockheed Martin where her father had made his career for 40 years. However, it wasn’t long until she realized that working in the defense industry was not kindling her passion for life. After pursuing an MBA, Cat graced the halls of Google, Facebook, and then Pinterest before realizing that what really gets her excited is angel investing and variations thereof. Now a partner at Maveron, an investment company that funds startups, Cat gets to do what she does best, breaking down barriers to entrepreneurship and helping to fund the next big rocketship! Thanks for listening! We love our listeners! Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here, or visit https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages on your desktop or phone to leave us a voice memo! Follow Superwomen on Instagram. Big Ideas The cultural implications of not following your parents’ vision for your life. [07:03] How to choose the right investment for you. [17:22] The importance of periodically checking in with yourself to make sure you’re staying true to who you are and what you want your life to be about. [24:00]
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November 26, 2019
Anne Mahlum Gets to the Core of the Matter
This episode is sponsored by Capital One Spark Business. Special note: This episode contains a short discussion of eating disorders that may be sensitive for some listeners. Anne Mahlum isn’t going to sugarcoat things for you. She tells it like it is, and that’s probably one of the reasons she’s been so successful, first starting a non-profit to benefit the homeless and then starting her line of wildly successful workout studios, [solidcore]. People thought she was out of her mind when Anne, upon befriending some folks outside of a shelter in Philly, got the idea to start a running club to boost the spirits of those living there. Now, over ten years later, the non-profit is active in 13 cities and has a strong partnership with multiple companies that gets participants employed across the country. Anne took that same can-do attitude with her when she started [solidcore]. After trying a pilates workout on a business trip, she realized she could pair that with strength training to give the slow burn workout of a lifetime. [solidcore] now has 50 locations across the country and is slated to double that by the end of 2020. Here’s to a good sweat! Thanks for listening! We love our listeners! Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here, or visit https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages on your desktop or phone to leave us a voice memo! Follow Superwomen on Instagram. Big Ideas The paramount importance of setting an example as a leader in your company, and creating transparency around that. [06:56] How scaling is all about the company’s ability to run without you. [11:43] The value in having a great support system outside of work. [15:20]
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November 19, 2019
Help Each Other Up: Kerry Cooper Talks Hard Work and Scalability
When Kerry Cooper was hired as a consultant for sustainable footwear company, Rothy's, she didn’t think she’d be sticking around. After working for multiple successful companies, Kerry enjoyed the flexibility that consulting gave her. It wasn’t long, however, before the company culture won her over. Built upon a strong foundation of eco-minded operations, Kerry enjoyed the work the company was doing as much as the people doing it. Rothy’s loved her too. In her second year there sales soared to $140 million in direct to consumer sales. Even more impressive, however, is the fact that that those shoes were made from 38 million plastic water bottles saved from a long, slow demise in a landfill. They’re proving you can drink your water and wear it too. Thanks for listening! We love our listeners! Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here, or visit https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages on your desktop or phone to leave us a voice memo! Follow Superwomen on Instagram. Big Ideas How to scale and build a team that is complementary to each others’ skill sets. [03:04] The importance of standing up for yourself and asking for what you want or need. [21:03]
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November 12, 2019
Pay Yourself From Day 1: Funding Female-Owned Startups with Karen Cahn
As employee #213, Karen Cahn joined Google relatively early in the game. Back in the day she was an account executive covering ad sales in New England and the entirety of Canada. A seemingly monumental task, Karen was up for the challenge, building keyword lists from scratch to help develop the system that we now have to thank for targeted advertising. After Google acquired YouTube and Karen was tasked with creating lucrative deals for the largely male user platform, she began to wonder, “How can I fund these deals for women?” While her ideas were not received well by her co-workers, and even her first company built upon these goals struggled, Karen was undeterred. Her passion for female leadership and equality led her to start again, this time founding iFundWomen, a startup funding platform for female entrepreneurs. Not only does iFundWomen help raise capital, they offer coaching and mentorship services, and perhaps best of all, a community of likeminded individuals. Thanks for listening! We love our listeners! Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here, or visit https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages on your desktop or phone to leave us a voice memo! Follow Superwomen on Instagram. Big Ideas The subtle art of crowd-funding well. [17:33] The personal challenges we face as women living within a patriarchy, including familial and professional experiences that can be painful. [22:25]
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November 5, 2019
Canaries in the Mine: Latham Thomas on Doula Work and Maternal Mortality Rates in the U.S.
We are a country built upon a foundation of slavery, and the truth is that that has affected every aspect of our culture. We live in an era of #blacklivesmatter and #metoo, spurred by the need to, once and for all, stare down the face of inequality, of institutionalized racism, sexism and fear – issues that should have been resolved years ago but still lurk in every strata of society. Even hospitals. Maternal mortality rates in the U.S. are alarmingly high, having more than doubled since 1991. Even more alarming is the fact that women of color are over four times more likely to die in childbirth than white women. Latham Thomas is a doula who has made it her life’s mission to advocate for mothers and their babies, working to ensure safety and support for all families. Period. The Continuum Conference is  an intergenerational gathering for women and gender non- conforming  people who identify with the female experience, to evoke, embody and  amplify what it means to be a woman at various phases of life. It’s a  gathering that centers the fertility, pregnancy and  new motherhood period as a unique inflection point in a woman’s life.  It’s a gathering that centers stories untold. https://www.thecontinuumconference.com USE CODE - LOVE150 for 50%  off your admission! Thanks for listening! We love our listeners! Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here, or visit https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages on your desktop or phone to leave us a voice memo! Follow Superwomen on Instagram. Big Ideas - The institutionalized racism intrinsic in hospital culture and how to teach newer generations a more inclusive way of working with patients. [13:05] - Doulas. Not just for the rich or the hippies! [17:01] - The ways in which midwifery within American slavery informed modern medical practices. [19:17] Links New York Times articles on the link between race and maternal mortality rates https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/07/health/pregnancy-deaths-.html https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/11/magazine/black-mothers-babies-death-maternal-mortality.html Irth App https://birthwithoutbias.com/who-we-are NY Bill A364B https://nyassembly.gov/leg/?bn=A00364&term=&Summary=Y&Actions=Y&Votes=Y&Memo=Y&Text=Y
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October 28, 2019
There’s No One Way to Be a Mom: Sharing Personal Life on a Public Platform With Naomi Davis
This episode is sponsored by Capital One Spark Business. Being a mom is hard. There’s no other way around it. It’s beautiful and amazing too, but it comes with challenges. Everyone has an opinion on the right way to parent, and sometimes that advice comes uninvited. It takes a special person to share their family life with the world, knowing they’ll receive positive feedback as well as criticism. Naomi Davis has created an artform by way of documenting her family life. What started as a way to share wedding photos with family morphed into a blog that first illustrated life as a young couple in New York, and then grew as her family did. Now, 12 years and five children later, Love Taza covers family life, recipes, and kid-friendly travel guides to NYC. Naomi mixes entertainment with practical advice, and best of all injects her personal experience into the lesser-discussed aspects of parenting that all moms could probably use more support in. Thanks for listening! We love our listeners! Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here, or visit https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages on your desktop or phone to leave us a voice memo! Follow Superwomen on Instagram. Big Ideas The challenges that come with documenting your own life on a public platform, and the necessity of remaining neutral to both overly negative and overly positive reactions from the public. [07:39] Becoming comfortable with negotiating and valuing your time and worth. [10:01]
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October 22, 2019
Going For Golde: Trinity Mouzon Wofford
We’ve all been there. In search of the perfect product that is holistic, natural, and good for us, only to be torn between brands that seem to veer to the very luxe or the "crunchy granola." Not that there’s anything wrong with either end, but it’s clear that the market has been missing a happy medium! Enter Golde, the delicious and nutritious superfood-based supplement and beauty brand that'll wow you with its accessible price point and colorful packaging. The brainchild of Trinity Mouzon Wofford and life/business partner, Issey Kobori, Golde was borne of Trinity’s desire to create products that make taking care of oneself a pleasurable experience. Originally planning a career in medicine, Trinity switched gears as it became all too clear that offering a holistic practice would only be available to the very wealthy. While the method of delivery may have changed, the goal is still the same: making wellness accessible and enjoyable all at the very same time. Thanks for listening! We love our listeners! Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here, or visit https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages on your desktop or phone to leave us a voice memo! Follow Superwomen on Instagram. Big Ideas Authenticity as the primary ingredient that draws people in. [09:21] Accessibility – making products that you want to see in the market that you can also afford. [13:05] Coming to terms with the fact that starting in entrepreneurship means there will be missteps along the way, and that it will be a great learning experience. [15:11]
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October 15, 2019
Thoughts Become Things - Ericka Perry on Manifesting Dreams into Reality
This episode is sponsored by Capital One Spark Business. Pregnancy  can be overwhelming, especially the first time around. Your body is changing,  hormones are shifting, and you just want to know which nail polish won’t  be harmful to your baby. CEO Ericka Perry found herself in a pickle when her best friend needed help finding pregnancy and beauty products, but there was not one place where she could simply order a gift bag with the necessary items. At a time when subscription boxes were really starting to take off, she couldn’t believe this was still lacking in the market. Thus was born the The Stork Bag. Almost entirely self-funded, Ericka is a shining example of an entrepreneur who sees an opportunity, works what they know and creates a business for the love of the products and who they serve. Thanks for listening! We love our listeners! Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here, or visit https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages on your desktop or phone to leave us a voice memo! Follow Superwomen on Instagram. Big Ideas The inevitable self-doubt that comes with running a business. [15:52] Financial reality of growing a business that is self-funded. Slow growth is okay! [20:43]
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October 8, 2019
Talking Super Woman and Self-Care with Nicole Lapin
Nicole Lapin may be a financial expert, but that doesn’t mean she was born knowing an index from an S&P fund. Growing up in challenging conditions, not the least of which was being a first generation American, Nicole always knew she wanted to be in news. She took it upon herself to get a job in the industry and slowly started working her way up through agencies in smaller cities around the U.S. A true “fake it ‘til you make it” story, Nicole jumped headfirst into the opportunity to report on finances even though she had little experience in the field. Now in her 30’s and considered a financial expert, she “rethinks conventional financial wisdom,” writing books that educate women and help them to take control of their finances as well as their mental health. Thanks for listening! Don't forget to follow us on Instagram to learn how to win a copy of Nicole's latest book, "Becoming Super Woman." Big Ideas How self-care, boundaries and balance are of the utmost importance to mental health. [10:49] and [24:30]
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October 1, 2019
Glitter and Color: The Wild World of Tish and Snooky
This episode is sponsored by Capital One Spark Business. If you’ve ever been a teenage girl, or if a teenage girl secretly lives within your heart, you’ve probably lusted after the iconic, candy-colored hair dyes made famous by Manic Panic. Coming of age in New York in the 1970’s, Tish and Snooky were born performers. The sisters have always been artists at heart; they credit their love of color (and glitter!) to their artist mother. Pursuing singing careers and partying at iconic clubs such as CBGB, the pair were constantly complimented on their signature punk style. The persistent fanfare encouraged them to open a punk boutique selling all the items they loved, a first of its kind. Not surprisingly, their wild hair colors were the number one seller. It was a natural progression to pursue production and private labeling of the product. Business women by day and performers by night, Tish and Snooky still turn it up, touring periodically and performing with the likes of Blondie and RuPaul. These women do it all, gardening, cooking, singing, CEO’ing – they are truly the baddest of baddass feminist rock stars. Thanks for listening! We love our listeners! Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here, or visit https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages on your desktop or phone to leave us a voice memo! Follow Superwomen on Instagram. Big Ideas Feminism in the 70’s vs. present, and the challenges of working as female entrepreneurs. [06:06] The ways in which technology and constant connectedness have made working more complicated. [11:05]
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September 24, 2019
Do the Hustle: Laura Brown on Fashion and Hard Work
Laura Brown came up in the 80’s – a period devoid of the internet and Instagram, where fashion inspiration came almost exclusively in the form of magazines. To make things worse for a young fashionista living in Australia, as Laura did, those magazines arrived three months after their release date. Laura was hungry for the glitz and the glam, and made it her goal to one day work and live in the heart of the fashion world. After working a few stints at magazines in Australia and London, Laura arrived in New York. Finding herself at a lavish Marc Jacobs show within days of moving there, Laura finally felt the pulse of the life she had so long been yearning for. After working her way up to Features at Harper’s, she was then hired as Editor in Chief at InStyle. In the three years since, Laura has revitalized the magazine, injecting new life into it, forever showcasing her love of fashion, layouts, and a good dose of creative, hard work. This episode is in partnership with SAP Success Factors. Thanks for listening! We love our listeners! Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here, or visit https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages on your desktop or phone to leave us a voice memo! Follow Superwomen on Instagram. Big Ideas The excitement and satisfaction of pulling off creative, hard work. [11:25] Advice for those interested in working at a magazine. [19:41]
27:53
September 17, 2019
Stop and Smell the Revenue: Talking Flowers and Fundraising With Christina Stembel
We’ll  address the big question first: Christina Stembel of Farmgirl Flowers really did  grow up on a farm. Growing up in northern Indiana, Christina was expected to  fulfill her womanly duties as a wife and mother while her brother went  off to college. But Christina had other plans. She hightailed it to New York within two weeks of  graduating from high school and started working. Christina did not grow up with a lot of people cheering her on and wishing her success, and that made her strive for it all the more. Over some years and many different ideas, she saw that the floral industry held an opportunity to do exactly what she desired in starting her own business: disrupt the status quo, create scalability, and do good in the world. While not without its challenges (who knew the floral industry could be so cutthroat?), Christina has scaled from 56K her first year of business to $31 million 8 years later. As Christina fondly says, success is the best revenge. (In partnership with Capital One Spark Business) Thanks for listening! We love our listeners! Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here, or visit https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages on your desktop or phone to leave us a voice memo! Follow Superwomen on Instagram. Big Ideas  Less than 3% of women get funding from venture capital. Discussing the disparity in capital support between male and female founders. [09:36] The value in trusting your instincts. [32:00]
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September 10, 2019
Yes WIE Can: Talking Institutional Change with Dee Poku-Spalding
This episode is in partnership with SAP Success Factors. Dee Poku remembers what it was like when she worked for big movie studios. No need to make her own travel plans, or worry about her computer getting fixed. All that was taken care of; just walk out the door and a car will be there to take you where you need to go. All that changed when she decided strike out on her own, and it took some adjusting. Dee could no longer let the weight of her employer’s name bolster her confidence. It took time to be able stand tall and tell people about an enterprise they had never heard of. Her self-assuredness grew, however, and Dee saw how people responded to her differently simply by the way she delivered her message. Today Dee is the founder of multiple ventures aimed at supporting women in business. Her events encourage women to work towards positions of leadership, give them skills necessary to navigate the male-dominated workforce, and let their creativity shine. Thanks for listening! We love our listeners! Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here, or visit https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages on your desktop or phone to leave us a voice memo! Follow Superwomen on Instagram. Big Ideas The payoffs inherent in taking a grassroots approach, calling upon those you know, and creating a greater network to support your movement. [11:40] The critical importance of raising girls who are comfortable talking about money and asking for what they need. [22:26] How the term “empowerment” has become problematic. [29:10]
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September 3, 2019
99 Problems But A Bed Ain’t One: Problem-Solving With Ariel Kaye
Bed. We spend a third of our lives there, and yet oftentimes, our beds, or what we put on them, become somewhat of an afterthought. Ariel Kaye sought to change that. After spending some years in advertising, Ariel came to a point where she was looking for more excitement, and more of a direct way to connect with people. She had always been passionate about interior design and home goods, going so far as to maintain her own blog on the subject in her free time. As she was pondering a change in career, it dawned on her that there were little to no direct to consumer options for bedding. That is when the idea for Parachute Home was born. Now in its fifth year and about to open the fifth brick and mortar (!), Ariel fondly recalls the early days when she would drive around in her car, delivering orders directly to buyers in Los Angeles. Growth and success have come with their own challenges. Here Ariel discusses entrepreneurial ups and downs, what makes her passionate about her company, and how at the heart of it all it’s really about building relationships. Thanks for listening! We love our listeners! Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here, or visit https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages on your desktop or phone to leave us a voice memo! Follow Superwomen on Instagram. Big Ideas The changes that come with viewing your business as relationship-based rather than transaction-based. [15:56] The invaluable importance of knowing your customer base well and growing with their needs. [17:27]
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August 27, 2019
“I Say Yes to Everything”: The Adventurous Spirit of Katie Couric
 This episode is in partnership with SAP SuccessFactors. She’s self-described as “messy” and can play the piano by ear – as long as it’s in the key of C. No, we’re not talking about Katy Perry – Katie Couric is here, she’s caffeinated, and she’s ready to sing for you! A household name for decades, it only makes sense that after years in broadcast news, Katie has finally taken the entrepreneurial plunge and started her own media company. Excited to tackle controversial issues and educate the public, Katie is taking the reigns as her own boss to share timely stories in her uniquely sympathetic, yet fearless voice.  One of the greatest interviewers of our time, Katie reflects upon the fact that it is the balance between being kind and being tough that drove her career to its success. Now in a new era, Katie continues to inspire women of all ages to ask questions, be fearless, and learn to move gracefully through moments of discomfort.  Thanks for listening! We love our listeners! Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here, or visit https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages on your desktop or phone to leave us a voice memo! Follow Superwomen on Instagram. Big Ideas  The value in bringing positive energy to the workplace. [15:01] Ageism as being socially acceptable, and in contrast, the beauty and gifts inherent in aging. [18:26] The importance of true listening and fruitful communication. [33:05]
38:16
August 20, 2019
Jill Kargman: Gucci Kneepads & Not Giving a F***
 Jill Kargman is not your neighborhood soccer mom and she doesn’t play one on TV, either. Her dark sense of humor and love of all things goth might put her out of place at most “mommy and me” gatherings, but this is especially true on the swanky Upper East Side where she originates.  However, Jill isn’t one to waste her time worrying about what other people think. Instead, she worked her alchemical writing magic and spun this into comedy gold, using her position in society as inspiration for the screenplay – turned book – turned TV show, Odd Mom Out. She also plays the feature role in the show, utilizing the talent honed from acting in numerous plays during her time at Yale.  Jill’s creative journey has taken her from arduous internships to writing rooms to the confines of her home office and back again. Jill now plans to return to the big screen as she sets out to script a film inspired in earnestness by the life of her teenagers.  Thanks for listening! We love our listeners! Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here, or visit https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages on your desktop or phone to leave us a voice memo! Follow Superwomen on Instagram. Big Ideas  Trusting yourself and listening to your gut. [12:55] “Better sorry than safe.” The importance of pushing beyond your comfort zone to do the things that are important to you. [30:58]
33:49
August 13, 2019
Amy Shecter on Creativity, Failure and Growth
This episode is in partnership with SAP SuccessFactors. How would your life be different if you were less afraid to make mistakes, to “fail”?  Amy Shecter doesn’t think women let themselves fail enough, and she thinks it’s high time we become less risk-averse. Statistically, she says, women will only take risks when they feel 95-100% confident in a favorable outcome, versus the average man, who will take the same risk at only 50% confidence. And what, really, is there to lose? Most of the time a supposed failure simply means you’re that much closer to the next success.  Amy spent years in fashion and footwear before delving into the world of fitness and beauty. She immediately saw it as an expanding consumer market. Now the CEO of Glamsquad, a company that brings hair, nail and makeup artists to your door, Amy finds excitement not only in great products and services for clients, but also in the fact that Glamsquad gives freelance beauty professionals a platform to support themselves.  Thanks for listening! We love our listeners! Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here, or visit https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages on your desktop or phone to leave us a voice memo! Follow Superwomen on Instagram. Big Ideas  Why saving time is so valuable to consumers. [09:15] H-Commerce - the home as a new basis for services and revenue. [11:20] “Competition” as an opportunity to seed the market. [18:28]
30:33
August 6, 2019
Rachel Blumenthal’s Not Sweating the Small Stuff
 The fashion world was the last place Rachel Blumenthal envisioned her career. Growing up on Cape Cod surrounded by adults with “practical” careers, it never occurred to her that a job in fashion might be a viable option. However, when a series of internships and a stroke of luck landed her a job at Yves Saint Laurent, Rachel found herself in the midst of it all.  Despite the fact that she was immersed in a creative environment, the job itself was lacking in that aspect, and on a whim Rachel made herself a ring for fun. That ring was noticed by friends who worked at a magazine, and with just one product she was asked to be featured as a designer in the publication. Overnight she was forced to create a legitimate company, find a buyer and create a website or risk losing the feature. This type of resourcefulness laid the groundwork for what became an incredibly successful jewelry line, Rachel Leigh, and what led to multiple ventures beyond that, most recently, Rockets of Awesome, a subscription-based clothing line for children.  Here Rachel discusses her creativity, her work ethic, and how passionate drive is the key to a successful business. Thanks for listening! We love our listeners! Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here, or visit https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages on your desktop or phone to leave us a voice memo! Follow Superwomen on Instagram. Big Ideas If a good opportunity presents itself, find every way you can to make it work for you. [04:21] Mitigating risk when starting a business. [09:31] Giving yourself grace when making mistakes. [18:37]
28:24
July 30, 2019
Amanda de Cadenet: Girlgazing Her Way Through the Glass Ceiling
Amanda de Cadenet is a force to be reckoned with. She’s had more  noteworthy careers than most people achieve in a lifetime. Amanda began  her career in television at the age of 15. Not for the stardom or the  glamour, but out of pure necessity to support herself. The show, in  which she and other presenters interviewed bands such as Nirvana and  Oasis, proved to be a hit. While Amanda had found success, by the age of  22 she was ready for a change, and moved to L.A. to work as a  photographer. After experiencing firsthand the frustration of  being passed over time and again for photography jobs which she was  qualified for, Amanda began to produce and interview women on her own  show, “The Conversation.” “I’m always interested in peoples’ really low  moments, because I want to know how they came back from it. Because  we’re all going to have them, no one’s exempt. My question has always  been, ‘well how did you get up off the ground one more time? How did you  make it through that?’ Because that’s ultimately what we have to share  on the other side of it.” Continuing on her quest to promote  intersectional gender equality Amanda has also spearheaded the #girlgaze  movement, encouraging female-identifying individuals to share their  unique point of view under that hashtag in the hopes of illuminating the  multifaceted jewel that is the female point of view. This episode is in partnership with SAP SuccessFactors. Thanks for listening!  We love our listeners! Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here, or visit https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages on your desktop or phone to leave us a voice memo! Follow Superwomen on Instagram. Big Ideas The gift of vulnerability and the strength that lies within that. [2:46] Learning how to navigate the most challenging parts of life and move forward. [15:12] Decisions based on choice vs. need. [32:29]
47:30
July 23, 2019
Noria Morales and Sarah Robinson Transition from Fashion World to Family Business
It may not seem like the most obvious progression, but after spending the early parts of their careers in the demanding world of fashion, Noria Morales and Sarah Robinson decided to go out on a limb and pursue a venture near and dear to them as new mothers – creating a parent-friendly play place. Through their (and many parents’) desire to find a place where children could have fun and adults could relax came the inspiration for The Wonder, a Tribeca-based space that includes multiple play areas, adults-only zones and a café, in addition to classes and programming to keep kiddos engaged.  Drawing on the skills they learned while working at MAC, Target and Lucky Magazine, Sarah and Noria discuss the hurdles they overcame to launch a business while working full time, all while managing motherhood and family duties. It wasn’t easy, but things worth doing rarely are! Big Ideas The value of staying the course through the toughest parts of launching a company. [11:38] The importance of taking time to visualize the best possible outcome, and leaning on friends for advice when you need it. [30:11] Thanks for listening! We love our listeners! Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here, or visit https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages on your desktop or phone to leave us a voice memo! Follow Superwomen on Instagram.
34:03
July 16, 2019
Life Lessons With Noor Tagouri
Journalist and all-around amazing human being, Noor Tagouri joins us this week for a  wide-ranging conversation. She talks about how she found  success in her career while remaining true to herself, the importance of giving a voice to marginalized communities in the media, and much more. This episode is in partnership with SAP SuccessFactors.
36:54
July 9, 2019
Elizabeth Shaffer & Lizzy Brockhoff: Things Are Not Perfect
 This week, Rebecca sits down with Elizabeth Shaffer & Lizzy Brockhoff, co-founders of MASSE,  a shopping app with a  zero tolerance policy for any paid-for or sponsored recommendations.  They talk about the challenges of creating a new product, how life is  just one big juggling act, and the idea of a praise sandwich.
24:56
July 2, 2019
Jennifer Bett Meyer + Melissa Duren Conner: How To Hire & Fire
In this episode Rebecca sits down with Jennifer Bett Meyer and Melissa  Duren Conner of Jennifer Bett Communications, where they talk about the  importance of developing a company culture and how to hire people that  fit your vision. They also talk about some of their biggest regrets with  their PR firm and how leaving yourself open to opportunity is one of  the best things you can do for your career.  
32:16
June 25, 2019
Raegan Moya Jones: What It Takes
This week, Rebecca sits down with Raegan Moya Jones, the Founder of aden  + anais and author of What It Takes. After being fired from the company  she founded and had to grown over $100 million, to say she felt knocked down is an understatement. But Raegan's story is one of perseverance.  Soon after she started a new business knowing that trying again and failing was better than not trying because she was scared. Raegan hopes that her story serves as a cautionary tale as well as an inspiration to those looking to start their own business.   Thanks for listening! We love our listeners! Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here , or visit  https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages  on your desktop or phone to leave us a voice memo! Follow Superwomen on Instagram.
26:18
June 18, 2019
Nicole Gibbons Talks Passion, Paint, and Perseverance
Nicole Gibbons is a disruptor of the paint industry.  In a field dominated by absurdly masculine branding, Nicole is the first person to create a direct-to-consumer paint company that is not only convenient but also disarmingly beautiful. After starting her career in PR, Nicole realized the parts of her job she was most excited about involved design. After planning and saving up for a number of years, she made the leap to start her own interior design firm. While her firm was wildly successful, after a while Nicole was hungry for something different. Taking note of other brands disrupting the supply chain and working with direct-to-consumer models, Nicole wondered how she could apply that to design. “I felt like I really wanted to do something innovative; I really wanted to solve a big problem that hadn’t been tackled before. So I kept thinking about what I could do in the home space that made sense, and paint was the perfect light bulb moment that I had.”  Inspired by her parents, both entrepreneurs, Nicole always knew she wanted to be in business for herself. With a mix of talent, inspiration, hard work, and patience, Nicole proves that if you can dream it, you can build it.  Thanks for listening! We love our listeners! Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here , or visit  https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages  on your desktop or phone to leave us a voice memo! Follow Superwomen on Instagram.
26:02
June 11, 2019
The Value of Being Shamelessly Yourself with Jennifer DaSilva
It’s not often that the word, “vulnerability”, is listed as a desired trait in a potential employee, but Jennifer DaSilva, president of WPP creative agency Berlin Cameron, thinks it makes for a much better workplace. “One of my firm beliefs is that you need to be shamelessly you, and whether you’re at work or at home or with dinner with your girlfriends, you should bring your full self to the table and allow yourself to be you.” That includes having room to make mistakes. Jennifer firmly believes that greater strides will be made when there is not a pressure for perfection, but an allowance to try, stumble, and grow.  Jennifer and Rebecca go way back. Theirs is a relationship based on mutual support and collaboration, another value upon which Jennifer places great importance. “We’re better together,” is a phrase they are both fond of.  In the business world these are radical notions – prioritizing collaboration over the limelight, vulnerability over stoicism. Jennifer is at the forefront of this movement, ushering in a new type of work environment, and even greater than that, a new definition of success. Thanks for listening! We love our listeners! Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here, or visit https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages on your desktop or phone to leave us a voice memo! You can also follow Superwomen on Instagram.
28:16
June 4, 2019
Amy Levin Says You Can’t Plan For It All
Confidence is not something that Amy Levin is lacking. “No,” Amy says with a laugh, in response to whether or not her age or gender was ever an issue in the success of her business.  Starting her company, College Fashionista, while actually still in college, Amy faced a unique set of challenges. Things such as managing work/school/life balance, and meetings with investors and business owners much older than she, would have been enough to intimidate any fresh-faced, young entrepreneur. But it never threw Amy off her game. Owing much of her unshakeable disposition to her parents, Amy never doubted that she has what it takes to take College Fashionista wherever she wanted it to go.  While she always had faith in the success of her company, Amy, like any entrepreneur, did face challenges along the way. While she had a strong business and financial background, tech was not her strong suit, and she saw to it early on that she had a diverse board of advisors in place for when, inevitably, questions would arise that required a different perspective.  Big Ideas - The value of self confidence, and how cultivating that mitigates feelings of inadequacy when faced with potentially difficult situations. [02:20] - The importance of flexibility. If you have a plan and it isn’t going the way you’d hoped, be open to adapting that plan. [22:21] - Surrounding yourself with a diverse group of background, age, experience, etc., will help you to overcome a greater range of challenges, because you will have a greater range of perspective. [19:23] Thanks for listening! We love our listeners! Drop us a line or give us guest suggestions here, or visit https://anchor.fm/superwomen/messages on your desktop or phone to leave us a voice memo! Follow Superwomen on Instagram.
25:32
May 28, 2019
Alanna Masterson: Why Hard Work Matters
In this episode actress Alanna Masterson (The Walking Dead) talks about  how she struggled with her body image on the red carpet, the pros and  cons of social media, and how being a mother has kept her grounded. 
29:48
May 21, 2019
Alexa von Tobel Teaches Us How to Be Financially Forward
For Alexa von Tobel (Founder & Managing Partner, Inspired Capital, and author of "Financially Forward") money is a life skill, just like brushing your teeth. In this episode Alexa talks about her failures, the importance of learning to managing your money in the digital age, and how she hired a coach to help her become a better CEO. Alexa also shares her must-have apps for getting your finances in order.
29:30
May 14, 2019
Rebecca's Mom Sue Reflects On Raising A Strong Daughter
In this special Mother's Day episode, Rebecca sits down with her mom, Sue Minkoff, to talk about everything from raising a strong daughter to how she used her voice to stand up for others in the workplace. Sue also reflects on how she's been able to stay married for 50 years and how important intimacy is in a relationship.
32:38
May 7, 2019
How To Build Your Own Lane With Jaclyn Johnson
In this episode, Jaclyn Johnson (CEO of Create & Cultivate and author of WorkParty) talks about why it's so important for women to have conversations about how much they're getting paid, the best ways to build your professional network, and how sometimes as a business owner you need to have an unhealthy obsession with your brand.
33:24
April 30, 2019
Katia Beauchamp On Living The Life She Wants To Live
In this episode Katia talks about her unlikely start as an entrepreneur and how she dealt with rejection when investors didn't believe in her vision for Birchbox. Katia and Rebecca also talk about motherhood and how in business the word "no" can lead to a "yes." Birchbox and the Female Founder Collective are partnering in the month of May to celebrate the entrepreneurial accomplishments of women. We're hosting a giveaway together! There are 50 prize packages - each prize package contains almost $500 worth of products from 11 kickass woman-founded brands. You can check it all out and subscribe to Birchbox at birchbox.com/ffc
28:24
April 23, 2019
Wide Awake: A Day for Female Founders Panel - Even Sallie Krawcheck Gets Mansplained
Sallie Krawcheck (CEO & Co-Founder of Ellevest) has had an extremely successful career working on Wall Street. But she's also been fired twice, ghosted by potential investors, and has been mansplained along the journey to creating a new way for women to invest their money. In this episode Sallie gives us an honest account of how she felt betrayed by mentors, and how important it is to have someone fighting in your corner when you're not in the room.
50:45
April 18, 2019
How To Find Confidence In Your Decisions With Fast Company's Stephanie Mehta
Sometimes in life you're faced with two amazing opportunities. How do you know which one to choose? In this episode Stephanie Mehta talks about how she's made those hard decisions in the past. She also talks about the importance of having patience with your career, and not comparing your progress to others.
31:20
April 16, 2019
Wide Awake: A Day for Female Founders Panel - How To Break The Rules (with Birchbox, Rent The Runway, and the Female Founders Fund)
In this panel Katia Beauchamp (Birchbox), Jennifer Fleiss (Rent The Runway & Jetblack) and Sutian Dong (Female Founders Fund) show us how breaking the rules in business can work to your advantage. From pop-up shops to unconventional ways to market your brands, these rule breakers share their keys to funding success.
37:55
April 11, 2019
Pattie Sellers: Everyone Has An Incredible Story
In this episode Pattie Sellers tells us what she's learned from three decades of listening to other people's stories---including how women define success and their goals in business. Pattie also reflects on why there still so few female CEOs at Fortune 500 companies, and what she thinks needs to change.
31:21
April 9, 2019
Wide Awake: A Day for Female Founders Panel - Debt Is Not A Dirty Word
There are dozens of ways you can finance your small business--but which one is right for you and your situation? In this panel Mary Ann Reilly from Visa, and Hilda Kong and Sheryl Cameron from Chase talk about common financing mistakes that new business owners make, and how to avoid them.
45:31
April 4, 2019
Beautycounter's Gregg Renfrew Explains: The Toxic Crap In Your Beauty Products
 How do you know the ingredients in your beauty products are safe? In this episode Gregg Renfrew  (Founder and CEO of Beautycounter) explains how the United States is  way behind other countries in regards to what ingredients can be used in  the products we put on our bodies. She also gives us helpful tips for  ways we can create our own safer beauty alternatives, and she talks  about the power of using women to start a movement. You can also find Beautycounter's "Never List" of ingredients here: https://www.beautycounter.com/the-never-list
27:14
April 2, 2019
Wide Awake: A Day for Female Founders Panel - The Skimm Founders Danielle Weisberg & Carly Zakin: Ask For What You Want
Rebecca moderates this panel with The Skimm co-founders and CEO's Danielle and Carly. They talk about the struggles of managing a team, being emotionally investing in your business and the power of asking for what you want.
37:26
March 28, 2019
How The Wing & Audrey Gelman Are Inspiring The Next Generation Of The Women's Movement
In this week's episode Audrey talks about how she got the idea to bring back the old idea of women's clubs, and how The Wing is able to create a supportive environment for all women. We also talk about how she manages her time and why it's important to turn down some opportunities.
29:43
March 26, 2019
Wide Awake: A Day for Female Founders Panel - How To Disrupt Your MFing Industry (with Michelle Cordeiro Grant, Mariah Chase, and Nicole Gibbons)
This year for International Women's Day the Female Founder Collective hosted Wide Awake: A Day for Female Founders. This panel moderated by Ann Shoket (former EIC of Seventeen) talks to Michelle Cordeiro Grant (Lively), Mariah Chase (ELOQUII), and Nicole Gibbons (Clare) about how they were able to disrupt their own industries, and how you should be unapologetic when representing yourself and your brand.
42:40
March 21, 2019
Overcoming Stress And Insecurity With Athena Calderone
Have you ever felt stressed by a "lack of direction" in your career? Athena Calderone, who's a blogger, interior designer, entertaining expert, and author did too. In this episode Athena talks about how she was able to overcome her insecurities, and how even in those moments of self doubt she realized she had to be her own biggest advocate. Athena also talks about the tools she's learned to deal with stress and looming deadlines after hitting her lowest point.
32:43
March 19, 2019
Katya Libin & Amri Kibbler Help Working Mamas Build Their Tribe
Are you looking for a way to build your mama village? Well look no further. This week we speak with Katya Libin and Amri Kibbler, co-founders of Hey Mama -- an online community that aims to make moms more successful in life and business. Their goal is to help shift the perception of working moms and help mamas save time (and money!) Katya and Amri also give tips to moms who may be working in inflexible or unsupportive work environments.
30:45
March 12, 2019
Breaking Financial Barriers
Are you confused by venture capital? Do you wonder if it's right for your business? (Spoiler: It's not for everyone.) In this episode Anu Duggal and Sutian Dong break down the complex world (and acronyms!) of venture capital, and explain how the Female Founders Fund is different from other VC's. They also talk about how it's OK to lose money in the beginning (in fact, your probably will) and how they had over 700 meetings to raise capital for their first round of funding.
30:29
March 5, 2019
Living A Glamour Life
In this episode Samantha Barry, the Editor in Chief at Glamour Magazine, talks about her start in broadcasting, the difference between toxic talk and criticism, and how change can be a good thing. Rebecca ends the episode reflecting on her experience being back at Fashion Week, and how she picks the women that walk the runway.
25:17
February 26, 2019
Elisa Kreisinger Reminds Us To Put Ourselves First
In this episode Elisa Kreisinger talks about how she uses humor to get people to pay attention to important issues, and the importance of taking care of yourself, no matter what that looks like. Rebecca and Elisa also talk about their idea for a new reality TV show.
27:14
February 19, 2019
Planning Your Way To Success With Anne Fulenwider
Have you ever felt stuck in a job but didn't know how to advance your career? In this episode Anne Fulenwider, editor-in-chief of Marie Claire magazine, talks about the importance of having patience and a plan when trying to advance your career. Rebecca and Anne also talk about the ultimate "power trip." You can find new episodes of Superwomen with Rebecca Minkoff, completely ad-free, only on Stitcher Premium. For a free month of Stitcher Premium, go to stitcherpremium.com/wondery and use promo code ‘WONDERY’.
27:16
February 12, 2019
Reshma Saujani Teaches Us How To Be Brave, Not Perfect
In this episode we talk to Reshma Saujani about women's habits towards perfectionism and being a toxic people pleaser. In order to overcome these traps Reshma teaches us to do something everyday that scares us in order to practice our bravery. We also talk about her new book, Brave, Not Perfect, and why she felt like now was the right time to write it.
24:27
February 5, 2019
When Cause Meets Commerce with Lauren Conrad and Hannah Skvarla
Founded by women to empower women, The Little Market is a place where you can buy beautiful handmade goods from artisans around the world. In this episode Lauren and Hannah talk about the challenges of creating a business focused on preserving traditional patterns and methods, as well as the reasons why they decided to open a brick and mortar location, even though they had a successful online business.
30:15
January 29, 2019
Managing Your Money Like A Pro With Sallie Krawcheck
Does the thought of investing in stocks and bonds intimidate you? In this episode Sallie Krawcheck co-founder of Ellevest, a financial platform designed to focus on the needs of women, gives us an Investment 101 lesson, and shares the biggest mistake women make when investing in their future.
30:01
January 22, 2019
Using Your Passions to Fuel Your Success
Do you struggle to keep motivated when the odds are stacked against you? Brooklyn Decker is many things; model, actress, mom, and now the co-founder of Finery. Brooklyn talks about the stigmas she had to overcome as a model in the tech industry, and how she had to learn an entirely new language when trying to raise funding for Finery. She also explains how her passion for saving women time and money keeps her motivated when things get tough, and why she's so open and honest on social media.
29:10
January 15, 2019
Do What Feels Good (For Your Body)
In a world filled with detox teas and quick fixes, fitness and health has never been more complicated. We sat down with the multi-talented Hannah Bronfman to talk about why it was so important for her to embrace herself the way she is, and how she was able let go of society's expectations of what she should be. Hannah talks about how she learned to redefine what healthy meant for her body, and how you can do the same. We also talk about her new book, Do What Feels Good, and why she felt like now was the perfect time to write it.
29:59
January 8, 2019
How To Make A New Years Resolution That Sticks
Here at Superwomen, we don't believe in "New Years Resolutions" in the traditional sense. In this New Years bonus episode, Rebecca shares how you can set goals in the New Year that you'll actually achieve. Plus, hear what some of our guests are planning for 2019, along with a sneak peak of who we have lined up for this year! We want to hear what you've got planned for 2019! Email us at superwomen@rebeccaminkoff.com, we may even share your goals on the show. And don't forget to enter to win a copy of Hannah Bronfman's new book "Do What Feels Good." Just rate and review us on your favorite podcast app, take a screenshot and post it to your Instagram stories, tagging @RMSuerwomen. We're picking a winner January 8th, so get sharing!
05:53
January 1, 2019
How To Advocate For Yourself In The Workplace
Shelley Zalis is know for saying "first came IQ (the Intelligence Quotient) then came EQ (the Emotional Quotient), now comes FQ (the Female Quotient). She's also a fan of breaking rules and is a self proclaimed Chief Trouble Maker. In this episode we explore how you can advocate for yourself in the workplace and the importance of networking with other women. We're doing some great giveaways in 2019! Be sure to listen to this episode to find out how you can enter to win a copy of Hannah Bronfman's new book "Do What Feels Good." We're picking a winner January 8th, so get sharing!
31:11
December 25, 2018
From Hobby To Explosive Career, With a Cherry On Top
For the very first interview recorded in our office, we talk to the queen of sprinkles, Amirah Kassem. Amirah started Flour Shop–a contemporary bakery that's famous for their colorful cakes–out of her small NYC apartment. She tells us all about having to find new ways to keep up with demand once her business rose to fame on social media and how she learned to handle the heat of overnight success. This happy baker loves being part of everyone's celebrations and has an excitement that's truly contagious. Let this episode brighten your day and then have some cake! We're doing some great giveaways in 2019! Be sure to listen to this episode to find out how you can enter to win a copy of Hannah Bronfman's new book "Do What Feels Good."
17:10
December 18, 2018
Honoring Your Inner Badass with Bozoma St. John
Have you ever wanted to cultivate a confident, badass persona but it just felt wrong? This week Bozoma St.John shares her incredible journey and how tragedy has helped her develop inner strength, how she regularly uses mantras and positive affirmations to create a confident personal narrative, and the importance of advocating for others when they’re not in the room.
37:38
December 11, 2018
Stella & Dot’s Blythe Harris Says Failure IS an Option
Stella & Dot co-founder Blythe Harris often talks about the value of failure, and how important it is to pick yourself back up and keep moving. In addition to sharing some of her favorite tips and tricks to help nurture your creativity, Blythe and Rebecca talk about the best ways to communicate with your coworkers and bosses.
28:52
December 4, 2018
Overcoming Your Fears With Christene Barberich
Have you ever needed to make a decision but were held back by fear? Refinery 29 co-founder Christene Barberich talks about how she overcame those fears while listening to her gut, and found the importance of rooting for the people around you.
31:23
November 27, 2018
How to Connect Through Vulnerability
In this episode Cassandra Grey, founder of beauty empire Violet Grey, talks about the difference between fake confidence and real confidence, and how being vulnerable can help you in the long run.
27:38
November 20, 2018
Jen Gotch Gets Real
Jen Gotch is no stranger to sharing her struggles. In her quest to make people feel less lonely, she explains how sharing her struggles publicly has actually helped her become stronger in the long run, and how changing the dialog surrounding mental health can help us all.
28:12
November 13, 2018
How to shift culture within your community
Over the summer Rebecca spoke with Sarah Sophie Flicker and Paola Mendoza, organizers of the Women's March. What followed was a passionate conversation about ways we can shift culture, connect to our communities, and how the Women's March birthed activists from everyday people. Through their despair over various social issues, Paola and Sarah Sophie tell us how love keeps them moving, day after day. Warning: You may want to keep a box of tissues handy, this episode gets emotional.
38:26
November 6, 2018
The Truth about Stacy London
From “What Not to Wear” to the NY Times best seller list, Stacy London talks about why the anti-aging movement is just “a way to make women hate themselves,” her recovery from an autoimmune disease, and what she’s learned by styling thousands of people.
35:01
October 30, 2018
When Your Dream Job….Is Not
Attending fashion show after fashion show, Garance Dore was living the life many would be envious of. Yet she was miserable, and the stress manifested itself in physical ways. In this episode Garance talks about the importance of listening to your gut, and the pressures of social media. Superwomen is presented by Prudential. To learn more please visit www.prudential.com/stateofus
28:56
October 23, 2018
Coco Rocha on the Power of Saying No
Model, owner, and director of Nomad Management, Coco Rocha made a name for herself by saying no. In this episode Coco talks about how she has used her voice to stand up for herself, and the future generations of models. Superwomen is presented by Prudential. To learn more please visit www.prudential.com/stateofus
30:26
October 16, 2018
Navigating Change and Fresh Beginnings
After spending more than two decades as the first female vice chair at GE, Beth Comstock explains how our creativity is the most powerful and important tool to building a new future for ourselves. Superwomen is presented by Prudential. To learn more please visit www.prudential.com/stateofus Additional sponsors include: Helix Sleep - Get up to $125 off your mattress order when you visit them at helixsleep.com/superwomen and use code superwomen125 at checkout.
30:47
October 9, 2018
Lauren Chan: Changing the Culture of Fashion
From varsity basketball player to fashion mogul, Lauren Chan is making moves and breaking boundaries. Lauren is raising awareness about body positivity and inclusivity, because she understands first-hand how it feels to have your worth determined by the number on your clothing labels. She is leading a charge for future girls so that they never have to feel left out for being something that isn't part of the norm. Superwomen is presented by Prudential. To learn more please visit www.prudential.com/stateofus Additional sponsors include: Sun Basket - Get $35 off your first order when you visit them at sunbasket.com/superwomen.
30:44
October 2, 2018
If You Can’t Stand the Heat, Get out of Eden Grinshpan's Kitchen!
Restaurateur Eden Grinshpan brings her personality and love of food into literally everything she does. She dives into what it’s like working in a male-dominated industry, her perspective on raising her daughter and how she navigates being a public figure. Superwomen is presented by Prudential. To learn more please visit www.prudential.com/stateofus Additional sponsors include: Helix Sleep - Get up to $125 off your mattress order when you visit them at helixsleep.com/superwomen and use code superwomen125 at checkout.
29:19
September 25, 2018
Create a Life That Inspires You With Hillary Kerr
On this episode of Superwomen, co-founder of Clique Media Group and fearless business lady and mama, Hillary Kerr, offers her tips and tricks for starting a company on a small budget, working with a co-founder she sees more often than her husband, and following your dreams. Superwomen is presented by Prudential. To learn more please visit www.prudential.com/stateofus
37:08
September 18, 2018
Michelle Lee: Modern Media Game Changer
On this episode of Superwomen, Michelle Lee, the editor-in-chief of Allure, talks to us about her unique career path, overcoming racism and sexism, and her secrets to success. Superwomen is presented by Prudential. To learn more please visit www.prudential.com/stateofus Additional sponsors include: Helix Sleep - Get up to $125 off your mattress order when you visit them at helixsleep.com/superwomen and use code superwomen125 at checkout.
37:43
September 18, 2018
Superwomen with Rebecca Minkoff Trailer
As women, we have so many sides to ourselves. Storyteller. Caretaker. Money maker. Activist. Sister. Mom. Leader. This is the podcast that celebrates our own multidimensionality, and the many women who surround us. From CEOs to chefs, entrepreneurs to instructors, Rebecca talks to a collective of Superwomen who shape culture, change the world, and lift each other up along the way. Premieres September 18, 2018.
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September 4, 2018