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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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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 IdeasHow 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]--- 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 IdeasThe 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]--- 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]LinksNew York Times articles on the link between race and maternal mortality rateshttps://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/07/health/pregnancy-deaths-.htmlhttps://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/11/magazine/black-mothers-babies-death-maternal-mortality.htmlIrth App https://birthwithoutbias.com/who-we-areNY Bill A364B https://nyassembly.gov/leg/?bn=A00364&term=&Summary=Y&Actions=Y&Votes=Y&Memo=Y&Text=Y--- 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 IdeasThe 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
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 IdeasAuthenticity 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]--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/superwomen/support
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 IdeasThe 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]--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/superwomen/support
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 IdeasHow self-care, boundaries and balance are of the utmost importance to mental health. [10:49] and [24:30]--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/superwomen/support
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 IdeasFeminism 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]--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/superwomen/support
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 IdeasThe excitement and satisfaction of pulling off creative, hard work. [11:25]Advice for those interested in working at a magazine. [19:41]--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/superwomen/support
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]--- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/superwomen/support
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