Skimm'd from The Couch
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theSkimm's co-founders and co-CEOs, Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg, started their company from a couch. Now they’re bringing it back to one, and inviting powerful female leaders to sit down and chat about everything from celebrating career wins to the worst advice they've ever received. It’s an inside look at what it’s really like on the road to success. No BS, no sugarcoating.
Noura Sakkijha, co-founder and CEO, Mejuri: “The beginning was really hard. I decided to go into therapy at that point because it was really intense.”
Chelsea Hirschhorn, founder and CEO, Frida: “You have to have an aptitude for risk that puts you in a slightly uncomfortable position.”
Ramona Hood, CEO, FedEx Custom Critical: “I felt that if I could not lead [with authenticity] then I wasn’t effective.”
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Ashley Graham, supermodel, entrepreneur and host of Pretty Big Deal: “People want to [put] you into a box. But it's your decision if you want to go along with the molding or not.”
Dr. Yaba Blay, scholar-activist: “When I think about my relationship to the academy, part of the struggle was I don't want to talk in academic prose… Because who's gonna see it? And who's it gonna benefit?”
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Bethenny Frankel, founder & CEO, Skinnygirl: “I definitely paved the way for every reality star… I had my eye on the prize from the minute I got in there.”
Eva Chen, director of fashion partnerships, Instagram: “I think it's really important if you have a door open [to you], keep it propped open."
Misty Copeland, principal dancer, American Ballet Theatre: “I want to diversify [ballet]. I want people to see and know that a Black girl can be a ballerina in a mainstream White company.”
Monica Royer, founder and CEO, Monica + Andy: “I literally came into the hospital without thinking about [founding my business] and left the hospital on a mission.”
Lilli Gordon, founder and CEO, First Aid Beauty: “You have to have this crazy, almost irrational, belief in your own ability to get something done.”
Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, co-founder and CEO of Promise: "When you feel like you're fighting for justice, it empowers you in a different way because it's not just for you…. And I think that makes you very powerful."
Jeni Britton Bauer, founder and Chief Creative Officer, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams: “Sometimes the things that seem like your disadvantages can be your advantages.”
Leslie Blodgett, former CEO and founder, bareMinerals: “I learned that when I'm desperate, when I can't seem to find my way, is when I get most creative.”
Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO of Feeding America: "I learned that I had cancer.... I was changed after that…. It forced me to say, 'Are you living what matters the most to you?'"
Lori Gottlieb, psychotherapist and author: "The uncomfortable is a great place to be."
Abby Wambach: “If you're not a good leader on the bench, you cannot call yourself a good leader on the field.”