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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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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] --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/superwomen/support
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. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/superwomen/support
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] --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/superwomen/support
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? --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/superwomen/support
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 --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/superwomen/support
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 --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/superwomen/support
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] --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/superwomen/support
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 --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/superwomen/support
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] --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/superwomen/support
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  --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/superwomen/support
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 --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/superwomen/support
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 --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/superwomen/support
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 --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/superwomen/support
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.  --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/superwomen/support
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] --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/superwomen/support
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 --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/superwomen/support
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 --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/superwomen/support
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 --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/superwomen/support
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 --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/superwomen/support
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 --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/superwomen/support
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