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Each week on Girlboss Radio, you'll hear honest conversations with trailblazing women. These women go deep on what it takes to build a successful career or grow a business with staying power—while living life on their own terms and navigating personal and professional curveballs. Expect hilarious, vulnerable, ~useful~ conversations that humanize the known, champion the unknown, and laugh a little at the absurdity of life. Hosted by Sophia Amoruso, CEO and founder of Girlboss and Neha Gandhi, editor in chief and COO of Girlboss.


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Michelle Phan is the ultimate female entrepreneur, digital pioneer, and beauty superstar. You may know Michelle as one of YouTube’s original superstars whose channel has received over 1 billion views, making her one of the most watched talents in the digital space.  She has built multiple multi-million dollar businesses including Ipsy, a makeup subscription company, EM Cosmetics, and most recently, Thematic, a marketplace that enables creators to find and use copyright-free songs from real artists in their videos. She has been featured on Forbes' 30 Under 30, Inc’s 30 Under 30 Coolest Entrepreneurs, and Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business.  In this conversation with Neha Gandhi, Michelle shares her journey into entrepreneurship, rebranding herself, surviving burnout, her thoughts on business intuition, and the importance of recharging to gain clarity. This episode was recorded live in front of an audience at the Girlboss Rally in 2019. Sign up for the Girlboss Daily to receive tips on work, life, and how to chase (and reach!) your dreams: https://bit.ly/30A14AL  Meal planning will never be the same again. Visit mealime.com/girlboss for 50% off a Pro subscription. Follow Michelle on Instagram at @michellephan and Twitter at @MichellePhan. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Today, we’re re-airing our most popular Girlboss Radio episode from 2019 with the trailblazing Elaine Welteroth. Elaine has had a meteoric career as the former editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue, New York Times best-selling author,and most recently, is one of the founders of 15 Percent Pledge with Aurora James and Selby Drummond, a non-profit organization urging major retailers to commit 15% of their shelf-space to Black-owned businesses Elaine recently started a new project as the host of the vodcast, Built to Last, in partnership with Amex. This vodcast spotlights valuable insights and lessons from influential Black founders, past and present. Listen in and learn how Elaine broke into the magazine business with tenacity, talent and a desire to shake things up. Through her leadership, she has brought social consciousness into Conde Nast and helped Teen Vogue become the voice of a generation. She broke new grounds to hold the title as the youngest person and second Black editor-in-chief in Conde Nast’s 107-year history. If you’ve ever been curious about how to find a mentor, give yourself a seat at the table or break into the magazine business, you're in luck. Tune in and learn how to turn adversity into purpose, pursue multiple dreams, and foster authentic representation and change in an organization. Sign up for the Girlboss Daily to receive tips on work, life, and how to chase (and reach!) your dreams: https://bit.ly/30A14AL  Stop stressing over email and use Mailman to shield you from unimportant emails. Minimize interruptions and make your days calmer and more productive. Try Mailman for free for three weeks at http://bit.ly/mailman_gb. If you like it, use the code GIRLBOSS to save 20% on your first year. Follow Elaine on Instagram at @elainewelteroth and Twitter at @ElaineWelteroth.   Did you enjoy this episode of Girlboss Radio? Comment and let us know what you think on our Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, and Facebook.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Maria Menounos is a long-standing Hollywood veteran. She’s an actress, Emmy Award-winning journalist, best selling author, founder and CEO of Afterbuzz TV, and host of Better Together with Maria Menounos, a daytime talk series and podcast dedicated to transforming lives, and transforming together. Maria always says, "getting better isn’t easy, but it’s a whole lot easier when we do it together."  Maria has worked for some of the biggest shows including Entertainment Tonight and The Today Show. As a journalist, she had sit down interviews with every US president since Bill Clinton.  After being diagnosed with a brain tumor, her perspective on work drastically shifted. Her mission now is to share the lessons she learned with others about protecting both your mental and physical health while balancing an incredibly rewarding career.  This interview with Maria was recorded live in front of an audience at a Girlboss Rally LA 2019 and her message is as important as ever. Listen in and learn why Maria thinks women need to save time for themselves through hobbies and mindful activities, balance their personal and professional lives, and focus on what truly matters in life. Sign up for the Girlboss Daily to receive tips on work, life, and how to chase (and reach!) your dreams: https://bit.ly/30A14AL  Follow Maria Menounos on social media at @mariamenounos and check out her show, Better Together with Maria Menounos.  Meal planning will never be the same again. Visit mealime.com/girlboss for 50% off a Pro subscription. Share your thoughts on this episode and more on Instagram at @Girlboss or email us at radio@girlboss.com. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
To celebrate the importance of voting, Girlboss is re-running this May 2019 interview between Neha Gandhi and actress, fearless activist, podcast host, Alyssa Milano. Listen in to hear Alyssa discuss her friendship with presidential candidate Joe Biden, the importance of leveraging social media, being outspoken, and why she continues to leverage her platform for activism. At the time of this episode, Alyssa had not yet endorsed Biden. She did so in March 2020. Sign up for the Girlboss Daily to receive tips on work, life, and how to chase (and reach!) your dreams: https://bit.ly/30A14AL Stop stressing over email and use Mailman to shield you from unimportant emails. Minimize interruptions and make your days calmer and more productive. Try Mailman for free for three weeks at http://bit.ly/mailman_gb. If you like it, use the code GIRLBOSS to save 20% on your first year. Follow Alyssa Milano on Twitter at @alyssa milano and on Instagram at @milano_alyssa. Share your thoughts on this episode and more on Instagram at @Girlboss or email us at radio@girlboss.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Bozoma Saint John is a force of nature and one of the most sought after marketers and speakers on the planet. Her career trajectory has been carved through hard work, determination and unshakeable confidence. Bozoma was recently named Global Chief Marketing Officer at Netflix. Before that, she was the Chief Brand Officer at Ube and the Chief Marketing Officer for Endeavor, a global leader in entertainment, sports and fashion. She’s been on list after list, including Forbes’ Most Influential CMOs list and Black Enterprise’s Most Powerful Women in Business.  This conversation with Bozoma was recorded live in front of an audience at a Girlboss Rally before Boz was at Netflix—but her message is more relevant than ever, which is why we’re excited to share it today. Listen in and learn why Boz thinks women need to celebrate themselves (and their sisters!) more, hiring for diversity, hiring our friends, balancing our personal and professional lives-and how to tackle tough work situations—with men. Sign up for the Girlboss Daily to receive tips on work, life, and how to chase (and reach!) your dreams: https://bit.ly/30A14AL Follow Bozoma Saint John on social media at @badassboz and read the show notes on our blog. Want to get more eyes on your job postings? Purchase a premium job posting and get featured in our limited Jobs section in the official Girlboss daily Newsletter — the go-to spot for women in business: https://jobs.girlboss.com Share your thoughts on this episode and more on Instagram at @Girlboss. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Today, we're sharing an exclusive conversation between Sophia Amoruso and the iconic Paris Hilton. This episode was recorded live in front of an audience at the Girlboss Rally in Los Angeles in 2019. Paris let's us in on how she deals with internet trolls, why she was a born businesswoman, and shares behind-the-scenes details about her new documentary, This is Paris. Sign up for the Girlboss Daily to receive tips on work, life, and how to chase (and reach!) your dreams: https://bit.ly/30A14AL Follow Paris Hilton on social media: @ParisHilton and read the show notes on our blog. Watch This is Paris on YouTube: https://bit.ly/3nLz33h Meal planning will never be the same again. Visit mealime.com/girlboss for 50% off a Pro subscription! Share your thoughts on this episode over at Instagram at @Girlboss. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
On today's episode, Sophia Amoruso chats with Anna Brozek, the CEO of Big Cartel. Big Cartel is a mission-based business that gives artists and creators a marketplace to sell their goods. Anna’s been with the company for almost 9 years, and in that time she’s gone from community coordinator to operations director, and now, CEO—truly rising through the ranks. Here, Anna shares what qualities allowed her to rise to the top at Big Cartel. She also explains how she’s become a more transparent leader and what artists can do to pivot and market themselves right now. Sign up for the Girlboss Daily to receive tips on work, life, and how to chase (and reach!) your dreams: https://bit.ly/30A14AL Have feedback on the show? Email us at radio@girlboss.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Today’s guest is Gail Becker, the gutsy entrepreneur who left her corporate America job to take on the food industry—something she knew very little about at the time. She takes us through her pitch and funding journey for CAULIPOWER and shares advice on how to trust your gut and build a biz, even in the face of the unknown. Sign up for the Girlboss Daily to receive tips on work, life, and how to chase (and reach!) your dreams: https://bit.ly/30A14AL Have feedback on the show? Email us at radio@girlboss.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
In these home-bound times of social distancing and self-quarantine, who better to talk to than an award-winning interior designer like Kelly Wearstler? On this episode of Girlboss Radio, Sophia chats with the design studio founder whose provocative and influential aesthetic has touched everything from high-profile celebrity homes to Instagrammable hotel and retail spaces. The two discuss how to make a small space more quarantine-cozy, why Kelly believes education is critical to succeeding as a designer, and how to be more creative in your leisure time. Kelly also shares her candid take on the millennial design aesthetic that's everywhere these days. Listen wherever you get your podcasts. Sign up for the Girlboss Daily to receive tips on work, life, and how to chase (and reach!) your dreams: https://bit.ly/30A14AL Have feedback on the show? Email us at radio@girlboss.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
In times of uncertainty, our mental and physical health isn't the only thing we worry about. Financial well-being is also top of mind, and the real talk is that many of us are super stressed about money right now. That's why this week's episode is centered around how to get your finances in order with finance expert Nicole Lapin. Sophia's conversation with Nicole covers what to do if you've been laid off or furloughed, how to overcome budget challenges as a small business owner, and exactly what to say to bill collectors if you want to lower your monthly payments. The two also share their experiences with therapy and burnout, making this episode a must-listen that'll surely help you navigate the here and now. Sign up for the Girlboss Daily to receive tips on work, life, and how to chase (and reach!) your dreams: https://bit.ly/30A14AL Have feedback on the show? Email us at radio@girlboss.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
This week, Sophia Amoruso chats with Viktoria Modesta, a bionic pop star, avant-garde performance artist, and creative director whose work in the public sphere continues to challenge the way disabilities and differently-abled people are perceived in today’s world. Tune in to hear her advice for creatives on navigating through tough times like a global pandemic; what, exactly, being a bionic performance artist and pop star entails; and how to carve out a non-traditional career path for yourself. Sign up for the Girlboss Daily to receive tips on work, life, and how to chase (and reach!) your dreams: https://bit.ly/30A14AL Have feedback on the show? Email us at radio@girlboss.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Christina Stembel's origin story for her business, Farmgirl Flowers, is amazing: She launched her floral business with nothing more than a high school degree and $50K in savings. Over the past decade, she's bootstrapped the company to a team of over 200 employees with an annual revenue of over $30M. This week on Girlboss Radio, we hear from Christina on how she taught herself to become an entrepreneur, the benefits and drawbacks of being self-funded, and how she combats the loneliness that comes with being an entrepreneur. Tune in for plenty of wisdom, wherever you listen to podcasts. Sign up for the Girlboss Daily to receive tips on work, life, and how to chase (and reach!) your dreams: https://bit.ly/30A14AL Have feedback on the show? Email us at radio@girlboss.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
On this week's episode of Girlboss Radio, Sophia chats with Olivia Christian, a brand strategist and Vistaprint brand ambassador who went from working in politics to helping small business owners and side hustlers craft their identity and tell a captivating brand story. Because when you know how to tell people who you are, what you do, and why you do it—well—you’re able to open doors for yourself, your business, and so much more. Tune in to hear how Olivia moves past failure and fear, her tips for networking, and the key elements that go into a winning elevator pitch. Sign up for the Girlboss Daily to receive tips on work, life, and how to chase (and reach!) your dreams: https://bit.ly/30A14AL Have feedback on the show? Email us at radio@girlboss.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, widely known as the First Lady of Nails, is the co-founder and creative visionary behind OPI. On this episode of Girlboss Radio, she joins Sophia Amoruso to talk about how she rebranded the professional nail industry in the '80s and '90s (with a lasting impact still felt today), how as a Hungarian-born woman she became the embodiment of the American dream, and what her process is for coming up with those iconic nail polish color names season after season. Sign up for the Girlboss Daily to receive tips on work, life, and how to chase (and reach!) your dreams: https://bit.ly/30A14AL Have feedback on the show? Email us at radio@girlboss.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
This week's Girlboss Radio guest has made it her mission to help other women succeed—which makes for an especially poignant conversation ahead of International Women's Day. Tune in to hear Sophia chat with Dee Poku-Spalding, the founder and CEO of WIE Network, a platform for women leaders from around the globe. Hear how Dee went from studying math to marketing big-time Hollywood films and what led her to found a women's empowerment organization. Plus, Dee shares some advice on tricky workplace scenarios from listeners. To learn more about WIE Network, visit: https://www.wienetwork.org/ To keep up with Dee on social, follow her at: https://www.instagram.com/deepoku/ Sign up for the Girlboss Daily to receive tips on work, life, and how to chase (and reach!) your dreams: https://bit.ly/30A14AL Have feedback on the show? Email us at radio@girlboss.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Episode description: Joining Sophia Amoruso on this week’s episode of Girlboss Radio is Alex Waldman, Co-founder and Creative Director of Universal Standard, the first—and only—brand to offer clothing for *all* women, in one place. Alex is determined to do the work to make the fashion industry more inclusive (and not just talk about it). Through Universal Standard, she’s leading the charge to adjust the fit scale for a realistic representation of all women and all body types. Tune in to hear exactly what it takes to disrupt an industry that shockingly, doesn’t exactly welcome change. To shop Universal Standard, go to https://www.universalstandard.com/ Sign up for the Girlboss Daily to receive tips on work, life, and how to chase (and reach!) your dreams: https://bit.ly/30A14AL Have feedback on the show? Email us at radio@girlboss.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
As one of the few young, black female founders in Silicon Valley, Morgan DeBaun is in a league of her own. And as the founder and CEO of Blavity, she's grown the media and technology company from a small newsletter to the largest digital media brand for black millennials and Gen Z-ers. Under Morgan’s leadership, Blavity has acquired two other media properties and she’s raised more than $9M in venture funding for the business. But that’s only part of Morgan’s entrepreneurial streak. She’s also launched successful summits, like #AfroTech (which just so happens to be the largest tech conference in Silicon Valley for African Americans)—and, she’s even launched her own skincare line. Achieving all of this, though, wasn’t as easy as it is to list off her accomplishments. Tune in to this week’s episode of Girlboss Radio, where Sophia sits down for an honest and frank conversation with Morgan about the unique challenges female founders face in Silicon Valley and why, from Day One, Morgan was thinking strategically about how she could beat the odds and make her mark as an entrepreneur. Sign up for the Girlboss Daily to receive tips on work, life, and how to chase (and reach!) your dreams: https://bit.ly/30A14AL Have feedback on the show? Email us at radio@girlboss.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
For this week’s episode, we’re trying something a little different! When February rolls around, there’s no shortage of Valentine’s Day themed content—and it can be really overwhelming, *especially* if you’re single. But, lest we forget, romantic love isn’t the only kind of love we can celebrate this time of year. Tune in for this special, Galentine’s Day-themed episode where Sophia chats with one of her real-life best friends, Monika Norwid, a writer for Grey Magazine. Join the two for an intimate, free-flowing conversation about all things Valentine’s Day and why celebrating friendship is perfect no matter the time of year. Sign up for the Girlboss Daily to receive tips on work, life, and how to chase (and reach!) your dreams: https://bit.ly/30A14AL Have feedback on the show? Email us at radio@girlboss.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
After years of working in the fashion industry, Emma Grede felt exhausted by the lack of diversity on runways, in ads, and behind the scenes. When she had the brilliant idea for Good American, a size-inclusive fashion brand, she brought her pitch directly to Khloe Kardashian, who shared in her desire to truly diversify the fashion world and mediascape. In 2016, they launched their brand with a wide array of sizes, and have continued to put their money where their morals are with diverse campaigns. This week on Girlboss Radio, Grede talks about creating the pitch that changed her life, the future of the fashion industry, and scaling a company while keeping her values at the heart of it all. To shop Good American, go to: https://www.goodamerican.com To keep up with Emma, follow her at: https://www.instagram.com/emmagrede Sign up for the Girlboss Daily to receive tips on work, life, and how to chase (and reach!) your dreams: https://bit.ly/30A14AL Have feedback on the show? Email us at radio@girlboss.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Ah, imposter syndrome. Many of us know it as more than just a buzzword—we know it to be a very real experience of feeling unqualified, unprepared, and unworthy, despite all evidence to the contrary. While nearly 70 percent of all people experience imposter syndrome in their lives according to The Journal of Behavioral Science, it's a hot button issue for women in the workplace in particular, who have more access to male-dominated industries, high-ranking positions, and financial power than ever before. This week, on GirlbossRadio, we hear from business executive and film producer Amy Pascal (she's behind some of your fave female-centric films including Little Women and the 2016 Ghostbusters remake) on how to not feel like a fake when you *are* the real deal. Plus, hear exactly how to ask for more money at any job, how you can elevate other women in your industry, and when you know it's time to walk away. Tune in for plenty of work wisdom, wherever you listen to podcasts. Sign up for the Girlboss Daily to receive tips on work, life, and how to chase (and reach!) your dreams: https://bit.ly/30A14AL Have feedback on the show? Email us at radio@girlboss.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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Mahsa Gholami

I love love love what you do people! go ahead and stay as lovely as you are.❤️🥰

Feb 9th
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Mahsa Gholami

amazing inspiring!

Dec 7th
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Mahsa Gholami

that was the best podcast I could listen to thanks to Jennifer and you all by arranging the best and most inspiring experience, beliefs. love you all❤️keep on being so good

Dec 2nd
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Eboni Wilson

This was a great episode. I enjoyed the tips as well as the focus on trying to create balance.

Sep 7th
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Camila Ribeiro

Amazing!!

Jun 19th
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Kathryne Regaudie

I am a 29 year old woman who works on myself and develops skills to work for myself. Thank you!

Jun 8th
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Nikki Garza

This is so informative! Thank you for your story and insight ❤

Nov 15th
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Sabrina Haselhorst

lol phone o9no. of

Aug 22nd
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lightblue1208

Love your podcast

Aug 20th
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Laurean Robinson, MA

Such a powerful interview about overcoming bullying and embracing your uniqueness! I definitely needed this!

Aug 1st
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Priya Patkar

I felt same way on Sophia and Liz segments. I'm​ glad they reduced the segment as the podcast went along though they were going for fun. It came off dimwitted, esp when sometimes it contrasts them mocking someone & follows w/interview of someone from a tough background. I'm big fan of women she brings on since most of them don't show up on other podcasts. Not big fan of how she often tries to compare her eBay business story to someone who started a company like Thinx from scratch. She was entrepreneurial and sure the podcast is a promotional device, but she never really acknowledges her luck. Glamorizing her dropout status and then acting more entitled about her employees than a COO at Loreal is just off-putting and esp ironic after Nasty Gal went bankrupt. Overall, the guest content is great and I think host should be more enthused about guests than putting herself on same level as them. In the same vein as what their first job was, more concrete advice on success could be awesome and maybe even group panels? It is also refreshing overall that the conversations are not too stuffy

Sep 7th
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iTunes User

Wow, it's a bummer that the segment at the top with Sophia and Liz is so so so painful to listen to... Liz's 'funny voices' do not translate well and are absolutely grating, especially if you're listening on headphones. Otherwise, the podcast is good. Nice to hear interviews with successful women, tho it could benefit from MORE DIVERSITY, both racially and from women of financial backgrounds. Sometimes the roster of guests seems a bit name-drop'py.

Aug 30th
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iTunes User

This podcast was recommended in a large group of female entrepreneurs. So, I went and downloaded all the episodes and started listening from the beginning. Not too bad, I thought! Someone who understands working women and what drives us to be excellent. So, imagine my HORROR when I get to the beginning of the episode with Gregg Renfrew. Liz tells a story about a date gone badly and the two proceed to make fun of the man. So he skipped out on a date. Clearly, you're not for each other, but to be so CHILDISH as to use shrill voices and make a litany of fake excuses to go home from a date? That is NOT #girlboss.

Aug 30th
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