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The work advice you need, from women who’ve been there. Every week, join the co-founders and co-CEOs of theSkimm, Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg, as they help you get what you want out of your career by talking to the smartest leaders they know.

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When Sarah Paiji-Yoo became a mom, she started rethinking her serial entrepreneurship life she’d led since leaving Harvard Business School. She loved it, but early-stage startup building isn’t exactly a walk in the park. If she was going to hustle again, it had to mean something to her. Meanwhile, she was learning about the effects microplastics in our water have on us (spoiler alert: it’s scary stuff). Naturally, the serial entrepreneur in her was hungry for a solution to both of these issues. She found it in her plastic-free cleaning product company, Blueland.  In this episode of 9 to 5ish, Sarah shares:  The classic new-mom research rabbit hole she fell in  Why she hid from her in-laws that she wasn’t working for a year after having her son How having unclear choices as a consumer and mom led her to found Blueland Why recruiting her #1 pick for the Head of Product was crucial to Blueland’s success The difficulty of being a sustainable business while being beholden to outside investors Advice for listeners who feel too small to make an impact (hint: no action is too small) Psst…this episode of “9 to 5ish” is brought to you by New York Life. Their financial professionals can help you navigate life’s decisions, big and small.
SNL called Meghan McCain the “Princess of Arizona”, and she’s embracing it. Her last name is nearly synonymous with Arizona as her father, the late Senator John McCain, led a 30+ year political career in the state. Her family name laddered Meghan up to big career moves, from regularly commentating on Fox News to repping conservative view points on “The View”. And she says: more nepo babies like her should own it, not shy away from it.  In this episode of 9 to 5ish, Meghan shares:  The cringiest photo op she had to do as the Senator’s kid  Why opting out from having an opinion was never an option growing up  How her family settled political disagreements and why all politics are celebrated in her family The event that changed her views on paid family leave – and why all moms deserve it Why she’s not voting for Trump or Biden, and what her dad would do
Tiffany Masteron’s grandma told her the name “Drunk Elephant” was the most asinine thing she’d ever heard. Granny wasn’t the only one – her friends thought so too. But Tiffany never bent when it came to her vision of the company, even though she was a stay-at-home mom with zero experience in skincare. Instead, she had this gut feeling about her ingredient formulation and trusted it was different enough to take the company far. Spoiler alert: it did.  In this episode of 9 to 5ish, Tiffany shares:  Why she chose to disrupt stay-at-home mom life to become an entrepreneur When she realized her first entrepreneurial journey was kinda sketchy  How she discovered the Drunk Elephant “Suspicious Six” philosophy – and why it works  The moment she knew her company had “made it” (hello, Sephora)  Her response when consumers claim Drunk Elephant markets to kids
In the 1990s, Christy Turlington posed alongside icons like Cindy Crawford, Naomi Campbell, and Linda Evangelista as one of the world’s first supermodels. She retired by 25 before going to college, earning her degree, and getting married. Then came her first baby – and a life-changing birthing experience that would inform her future work and advocacy.  In this episode of 9 to 5ish, Christy shares:  The benefits of her sister marrying her brother-in-law (hint: holidays are a breeze) Why she has “survivors’ guilt” about getting out of the modeling industry unscathed  Her thoughts on building a career out of being a supermodel  Her traumatic birthing story and how it led to the founding Every Mother Counts Advice on how to advocate for yourself in medical settings  Psst…this episode of 9 to 5ish is brought to you by New York Life. Their financial professionals can help you navigate life’s decisions, big and small. PS: A new episode of 9 to 5ish will be back in your feed next month.
At 59, Edith Cooper never thought she’d make a career pivot. She spent nearly 30 years working her way up at Goldman Sachs, but then, she was approached to co-found a company called Medley. Who was the other co-founder? Jordan Taylor, AKA her daughter. The mom and daughter duo launched Medley, a coaching platform equipping Millennial-aged workers with the skills they need to be dynamic, inclusive, and authentic leaders.  In this episode, Jordan and Edith share:  Whether Jordan calls Edith “mom” or “Edith” in the workplace The parts of her Wall Street HR career that Edith misses  Why we forget to support middle-level managers – and how Medley solves for it The moments Jordan relies on Edith as “mom” vs. “co-founder”  Why boundary setting is crucial to success as co-founders who are friends or family Psst…this episode of “9 to 5ish” is brought to you by New York Life. Their financial professionals can help you navigate life’s decisions, big and small.
Kentucky-born model Molly Sims never met a biscuit she didn’t like. Her southern charm brought her to college at Vanderbilt University, where she made the boldest move of her career: quitting her pre-law studies to become a full time model. Molly was in her early 20s, alone, and homesick halfway across the world. But with placements on the cover of Sports Illustrated, French Vogue and more, it’s safe to say she made a name for herself.   In this episode of 9 to 5ish, Molly shares:  Why southern sorority culture wasn’t for her  How her mother encouraged her to think beyond the US for her career + life experience Why she’d never want her daughter to become a model  The secret to building resilience and the “thick skin” that helped her survive the modeling industry How confronting her mental health challenges helped her be OK with work curveballs Check out Molly's beauty brand, YSE Beauty.
Alli Webb was a stay-at-home mom for five years when she realized she needed to get out of the house more. So she started a mobile hair business. She’d go house-to-house and offer $40 blowouts to moms in LA, something that pretty much no one was doing at the time. She soon opened her first brick and mortar and called it Drybar. 100+ locations later, Alli sold the company for more than $200 million. All without a college degree or formal business training.  In this episode of 9 to 5ish, Alli shares:  The sunshine and beach-haired days of her childhood growing up in Boca Raton  How having parents who operated a small biz gave her life lessons in entrepreneurship Why it felt intoxicating building and scaling Drybar, plus the mental cost that came with it How her divorce, son’s visit to rehab, and burnout led to her book, “The Messy Truth”  Why she felt intimidated when fundraising + curating the Drybar board – and how she got through it
Before September 2018, the public didn’t know Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. She was a busy mom and professor at Palo Alto University and Stanford. Then, she leveled a sexual assault accusation against Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a SCOTUS nominee. She testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee and 5 million people tuned in. From then on, any concept of a private life went out the window. Christine needed security to go…well, anywhere. Strangers sent her and her family death threats. Five years later, Christine shares how she navigates her new normal, plus the story behind the headlines and soundbites.  In this episode, Christine shares:  The behind-the-scenes leading up to her testimony against Judge Kavanaugh What she makes of her unique connection to Anita Hill Suggestions on what to say to sexual assault survivors instead of “I believe you” What parts of working on her memoir, “One Way Back”, were therapeutic – and which were re-traumatizing  Content warning: this topic deals with sexual assault. Please take care when listening.
Zibby Owens witnessed first-hand the payoff of great entrepreneurship as she watched her father build his company, Blackstone, from the ground up. She freelanced as a writer earlier in her career. She focused on raising her kids for 10+ years. Then her marriage ended. So she spent her weekends without the kids rekindling her love of literature – and developing a media empire focusing on all things books.  In this episode, Zibby shares:  The story behind her iconic color-coordinated bookshelf What she learned watching her father build his private equity business, Blackstone Her recent Vogue article she published – and why she almost wishes she hadn’t How her podcast became the vehicle to sell her first book Why building your personal brand is key in almost any industry today
Ancestry CEO Deb Liu grew up in one of the only Asian families in South Carolina. To avoid being teased, she mostly kept to herself. It wasn’t until Deb got to Stanford Business School when she realized: she had to learn to speak up. That realization spurred her long career in Silicon Valley. But Deb says, without some openness and vulnerability from herself and others, it never would’ve happened.  In this episode, Deb shares: Why she should’ve been fired from her first product management role How being open and vulnerable with her boss actually helped her career  Key moments from her tech-heavy product career at eBay + Facebook   Why being a “strategic introvert” allowed her to contribute more effectively at work Her most used tip from her new book, Take Your Power Back
The late-90s bubblegum pop music defined Mandy Moore’s career. She always knew she was her record label’s answer to Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. Mandy also knew she’d never be them – and that was okay with her. In this episode of 9 to 5ish, Mandy shares advice on how to know your competition without becoming distracted by it.  In this episode, Mandy shares:  The boy band she’d tour with again  Why having parents who didn’t want to manage her was the secret to her success How she managed to be unbothered by the pop industry’s comparison loop  Her go-to practices for easing her public speaking anxiety  A skimm of her latest project, The Boars’ Nest
Growing up with a politico father in Washington D.C., Alex Wagner initially swore off any career that dealt with politics. 25-ish years later, Alex is the primetime anchor of MSNBC's “Alex Wagner Tonight,” a show about the news and politics shaping our world. Talk about a 180. In this episode of 9 to 5ish, Alex tells us how doing everything she was not “supposed” to do jump-started her media career.  In this episode, Alex shares:  How a pair of vintage heels nearly ruined her job interview with George Clooney  The influence her father’s political work had on her own career How she wiggled her way into media with zero connections in the industry  Why writing her memoir was the hardest thing she’s done professionally  The lessons she learned from Rachel Maddow when she took over her primetime slot
Award-winning director and producer Ava DuVernay, known for her groundbreaking films like “Selma,” “A Wrinkle In Time,” and “Origin,” didn’t actually start her career behind the camera. She spent years working in public relations before taking the plunge and pivoting in her 30s. Spoiler: it paid off. And she’s got an Academy Award to show for it. To kick off our new season of "9 to 5ish," we spoke to Ava about how she embraced change and found joy in her career. PS: Ava’s film, “Origin,” will be streaming on demand starting March 12. In this episode, Ava shares:  Why she’s intentional about finding joy in her work  What “ear hustling” is – and why it’s helped her level up in her career  How she’s learned to embrace change in her industry  The secret to a good working partnership (plus, what she’s learned from Oprah)
Today, we’ve got a special bonus episode of “9 to 5ish” for you. Our guest is Nikki Haley, the former governor of South Carolina and former US Ambassador to the United Nations during the Trump Administration. She’s currently running for the Republican nomination for president. In this episode, we talk to Governor Haley about the job she wants, running against her former boss, and her positions on reproductive rights, the economy, and more.  At theSkimm, we’ve mobilized hundreds of thousands of women to vote. And it’s important that we hear directly from the candidates about the policy positions that impact women. We’ve also invited President Biden and former president Trump to sit down with us.
Fern Mallis – aka “fashion’s godmother” – is a legend in the industry. She’s the founder of New York Fashion Week and the former executive director of the Council of Fashion Designers of America. Over decades working behind the scenes, Fern has seen it all – from disasters, to demanding personalities, to less-than-friendly behavior. So it makes sense that Fern told us her best piece of career advice is refreshingly simple: Just be nice. Your move, Miranda Priestly.  In this episode, Fern shares:  Her behind-the-scenes look into the fashion world  The origin story of Fashion Week  How she’s thought about reinventing herself and her career Why she’s never stuck to a career plan  How she got her biggest opportunities by raising her hand  Psst: Need a movie rec? Catch “Scrambled,” at a theater near you starting February 2nd. Rated R, under 17 not admitted without parent.
Lori Coulter and Reshma Chattaram Chamberlin are the co-founders of Summersalt, the clothing brand that launched in 2017 with perfect-fit swimsuits. Now, Summersalt has expanded to offer activewear, apparel, and loungewear, and has raised over $25 million dollars. In today’s episode, Lori and Reshma walk us through how they built the brand, why they decided to partner with each other, and what people don’t tell you about being an entrepreneur.  In this episode, Lori and Reshma share:  How they created a brand that’s unapologetically for women  Their advice for future entrepreneurs How the fundraising landscape has changed for brands  Why connecting to your customer is critical
Influencer, Summer Fridays co-founder, and podcast host Marianna Hewitt does everything with intention. She’s become an expert at creating habits and routines that set her up for success and allow her to prioritize her own happiness. Today, we spoke with the beauty creator and founder about how she’s been intentional throughout her career, and about her most successful habits and hacks.  In this episode, Marianna shares:  How growing up living between Ohio and Germany influenced her career Her process for taking inventory of her career and checking in with herself How she sets boundaries and says “no” Her journey launching Summer Fridays How to actually reduce your screen time and mend your relationship with social media
Julie Rice and Elizabeth Cutler are two-time wellness founders. Their first business, SoulCycle, revolutionized the wellness, fitness, and fashion industries (they basically invented athleisure). Now, their second venture is focused on exercising a different muscle – our relational fitness. We spoke with Julie and Elizabeth about how relationships have been the key to their success, and how they’ve learned to navigate hard professional and personal conversations.  In this episode, Julie and Elizabeth share:  Why relational fitness is essential to being a better professional – and how to improve yours When they knew it was time to exit SoulCycle How they manage and nurture their partnership  How the brand of SoulCycle exploded  What it takes to build more than one business
Jane Hertzmark Hudis is one of the most prominent beauty executives in the country. As an executive group president of the Estée Lauder Companies – the organization she’s been at for over 30 years – she oversees some of the biggest beauty brands in the world, including Tom Ford Beauty and La Mer. Her secret to making it to the top? Embrace the beauty of connections, find mentors, and hire a team you can learn from.  In this episode, Jane shares:  Why it’s crucial to hire people who are smarter than you  Her tips for making work travel more bearable  Her experience raising children while on the executive track How she thought about growing her career at one company What Kendall Jenner taught her about social media
9 to 5ish will be back in your feed in January. Samina Virk is the CEO of North America for Vestiaire Collective, the rapidly-growing luxury fashion resale site. And Samina told us she attributes her rise in the fashion industry to strategic career mapping. Whether it’s engaging in a personal brainstorming session or proactively discussing career plans with mentors and higher-ups, Samina explained how setting intentions can yield big results.   In this episode, Samina shares:  Her approach to negotiating for what you want How to get leaders and higher-ups thinking about your career path  Why you should lean on your friends more for career support  Her decision to return to Vestiaire, having previously worked at the company  How she conducts her personal brainstorming sessions
Comments (6)


Amazing interview! Congratulations for bringing Dr. Jansen on your show. A real feather in your caps.

Mar 24th

Austin Peek

I'm going to start a podcast called Skimm'd from the Lazy-Boy. 🛋️

Jan 19th

Meredith Richardson

I am a huge fan of the Skimm, but I would love to hear more from accomplished women in science and engineering. STEM is not just for men, and highlighting the amazing women who make strides in these industries will help others see that STEM careers are more attainable than they seem.

Mar 22nd

Samantha Dubrow

I love this podcast but the volume is really low so I cannot listen to it when I am commuting

Dec 5th

Ana Quintanilla

Love this podcast channel! I’m definitely a Skimm fan. These bites of knowledge are a great compliment to the email newsletter!

Feb 22nd

Richard Lobel


Feb 10th