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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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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
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 --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/superwomen/support
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/ --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/superwomen/support
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] --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/superwomen/support
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] --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/superwomen/support
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] --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/superwomen/support
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] --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/superwomen/support
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] --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/superwomen/support
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] --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/superwomen/support
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] --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/superwomen/support
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] --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/superwomen/support
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] --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/superwomen/support
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] --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/superwomen/support
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] --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/superwomen/support
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] --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/superwomen/support
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] --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/superwomen/support
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] --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/superwomen/support
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 --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/superwomen/support
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] --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/superwomen/support
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