Anyone who's moved from corporate law to entrepreneurship knows it is both a challenging and exciting venture – just ask Sara Holtz. After years in corporate law, she decided to put her marketing and business mind to use and inspire younger on women how to succeed in their careers. She started the podcast “Advice to My Younger Me” as a way to tackle the grueling questions and concerns that young business women have. In this week’s podcast, Sara discusses her non-linear career path, the importance of acknowledging your strengths and passions and figuring out how happiness can translate to success.
Sarah Chamberlain, President and CEO of the Republican Main Street Partnership, never thought she’d get into politics. She graduated college with the intention of starting a career in accounting, but after 20 years as the CEO of Republican Main Street Partnership, she’s right where she belongs. Sarah has learned through working with different members and different policies the importance of collaboration and coming together. In this week’s podcast Sarah discusses the evolution of political parties, the importance of women’s voices in politics and the Women2Women Conversations Tour. Sarah wants to teach the next generation of leaders that women can do anything.
Cassandra Farrington is passionate about providing information. As CEO and Co-Founder of Marijuana Business Daily, she works to provide information resources to cannabis industry entrepreneurs and investors. After working in the corporate world and realizing the important role that women play in the industry, she started Marijuana Business Daily with her mentor and business partner. In this week’s podcast, Cassandra talks about the importance and rise of social entrepreneurship, the difference between cannabis and marijuana, and the reason women are key players in decision making. Women's roles are vital to the success of this ever-growing industry.
Nancy Tseng, West Coast Mergers and Acquisition Leader at West Monroe Partners, has been surrounded by ambitious people from a young age. Having been exposed to the hard work and perseverance of her mother and grandparents, she’s taken that ambition and created her own illustrious career. After making connections and networking at Stanford, she was exposed to the world of engineering. In this week’s podcast, Nancy talks about the importance of networking, the need for more women in management consulting and the women who impacted her life and career.
Candice Hughes, CEO and Founder of Hughes BioPharma Advisors, has had an entrepreneurial spirit engrained in her from a young age. Coming from a family of entrepreneurs, Candice’s business mind was working even in her early years. As she developed her career, she was able to integrate two of her passions: biology and business. In this week’s episode, Candice talks about networking at every stage of your career, the importance of holistic health for women and the future of health technology. She shares some of the latest innovations in health tech and we’re excited for what’s to come.
Your professional success can almost always be attributed to those people who support and lift you in the process. For Lynn Tesoro, Founding Partner of HL Group, her career would not be the same without the women who supported her. On this week’s podcast, Lynn discusses the importance of having powerful women in her circle, working from the ground up and teaching children the value of money and hard work. She also gives us some insight on the events and planning that goes into New York Fashion Week.
Naomi Hattaway, founder of I Am a Triangle, is no stranger to change. Having moved all over the world (14 times to be exact), she knows what it feels like to assimilate to different cultures and bring those experiences to new places. In this week's podcast, Naomi discusses the difference between belonging and fitting in, the importance of embracing cultures different from your own and why we need to learn from each other other's experiences as opposed to being critical.
When it comes to knowing what she wants and going for it, Kara Swisher is a pro. As Co-Executive Editor and Co-Founder of Recode, she's familiar with the sexism in Silicon Valley and corporate America. Being a go getter and having an incredible work ethic, she's gotten the reputation of being tough. However, Kara simply knows what she wants and how she's going to get it. In this week's podcast, Kara discusses calling out sexism in the workplace, not being afraid to fail and the importance of ethics.
Now more than ever diverse representation plays a key role in creating a successful workplace. Seeing people who look like you in the C-Suite, makes a huge difference. Minda Harts, CEO and founder of The Memo, has created a space to help women of color not only gain a seat at the table, but to know what to do at the table. In this week's podcast Minda discusses the power of diversity, finding your your inner wonder woman and learning to be your biggest cheerleader. You worked really hard to get where you are and deserve to be there.
Alexandre Mars, CEO and founder of Epic Foundation, has been a disruptor in tech for many years. He advocated for tech and the internet before it was popular and made waves in venture capitalism at a young age. Now, he's taking on a new wave: social disruption. He has turned his success into philanthropy, using his entrepreneurship to advocate for charities and organizations. In this week's podcast, Alexandre discusses the importance of social disruption and how technology helps his philanthropy. He gives solutions for bringing social good into organizations and discusses the steps we can take towards becoming disruptors in our everyday lives.
Can you imagine a space where women in ads are seen as more than just objects? Well, Madonna Badger has not only imagined it, but she's created it. The advertising executive at Badger & Winters Ad Agency has pioneered the campaign #WomenNotObjects to put an end to objectification of women in advertisements. In this week's podcast, Madonna talks about the effect these images have on children, the importance of empathy and what she's learned from allowing herself to be vulnerable. Through tough conversations, Madonna has learned a lot about herself and her business.
Audrey Bellis is a community builder, and her true passion is how she can she support entrepreneurs - those who are trying to make a dollar out of fifteen cents. Through Worthy Women she puts together a series of free events around the country to bring together women entrepreneurs. In this episode, Audrey talks with Maricella about how she started Worthy Women, the importance of being honest about failure, how bad situations can lead you to embrace your power and turn yourself around, and useful tips for those who are thinking of starting their own business.
Katica Roy is the CEO of Pipeline. She is a total risk taker with full faith in her ability to figure things out along the way — a quality to which she attributes her success. In this episode, Katica tells us that we don’t need to know all the answers, that learning takes place everywhere, and that skills and industries are constantly changing. She also talks about how to break the mentality of perfection that is so ingrained in women’s minds.
Along with being the President and Founder of Message Medium, an Internet strategy consulting firm, Maisha Walker works to empower fellow small business owners as an author, educator, and speaker. In this episode, Maisha tells us the story of how she left the world of finance to start her own online business, how she thrives as a remote worker, and how she manages being an introvert as an entrepreneur and public speaker.
From being the first employee ever at The Muse, Adrian Granzella Larssen now runs a team of 600 freelance writers as their Editor at Large and Career Expert, and she still firmly believes in The Muse’s mission to help people find the right career paths. In this episode, we talk with Adrian about taking risks — like how she left the more secure world of finance to join a start up. She reminds us to be proactive rather than reactive, to give ourselves headspace to think, and to take risks for what you believe in.
Cecilia Nelson is the Assistant Vice President of Diversity at L’Oreal. Whether personally or professionally, she makes an impact on people’s lives through forming deep, authentic connections with everyone she meets -- including our very own Kristy Wallace. Cecilia tells us about the importance of appreciating the day to day and explains how we can celebrate our accomplishments through vision boards, Passion Planners, and more. She lays down the facts and statistics for us about the increased financial performance of companies with diversity and inclusion. She reminds us that it’s not enough to just be diverse, you need to be inclusive, and shares some advice on how to get that coveted promotion.
Former NFL player Wade Davis II is a feminist, and he’s not afraid to shout it from the rooftops. He is a thought leader and activist for equality and an educator on the intersectionality of race, gender and sexuality. In this episode, we talk with Wade about the stigma around the word feminism, why making mistakes is important for growth, and how we can include men in the conversation about gender equality. Wade brings a male perspective on the harmfulness of “masculinity” and the importance of feminism for both men and women.
Zainab Salbi has dedicated her life to women’s rights and freedom, and is one of our time’s most inspiring humanitarians, activists and media personalities. Through her work founding Women for Women International and her current project showcasing the journeys and stories of people around the world, Zainab has created change. In this episode, Zainab talks to Kristy about her journey and how she came to the U.S, why she feels a responsibility to act in the face of injustice, the importance of being persistent, and how we can change the world.
Gretchen Carlson has had an amazing career in media, and recently made waves by becoming a tireless advocate to stop sexual harassment and bring equality into the workplace. In this special live episode, Gretchen talks to Kristy and Maricella about her new book, Be Fierce, her career journey, the importance of including men in the conversation about equality, and more. Plus, a few past guest of the Ellevate Podcast join us on stage for a lighting round.
Mary Mazzio, an award-winning documentary filmmaker, is also an Olympian, a lawyer, and an awesome female role model. At Ellevate, we believe that you can’t be what you can’t see, and Mary firmly supports that idea. In this episode, Mary shares how thinking about having a daughter made an impact on her views of herself and her impact in the world, her production company, "50 Eggs", how her experiences in college sports helped her feminism, resilience and grit, and her newest documentary I Am Jane Doe.
Tammy Tibbets created She’s The First to educate and empower girls all around the world, providing scholarships to girls in low income countries who will be the first in their families to graduate from high school. In this episode, Tammy shares her career journey and how she found her professional mission and started her nonprofit, the challenges girls face when it comes to education, how giving girls access to education can create a change in the community, some of the challenges non-profits face and tips for breaking into the non-profit world, the role social media has played in her career and how the skills she learned translated into entrepreneurship, generation"Z" and the role of age in the workplace.
Julia Taylor Kennedy now works at the Center of Talent Innovation, but her career has taken twists and turns all due to her curiosity and desire to learn about many different topics. In this episode she shares her journey or how she got into radio, her real-life run in with the imposter syndrome and why you need to be confident and raise your hand, veterans in the workplace, how you can create a career using the skills you love, politics in the workplace, and more.
Agapi Stassinopoulos inspires people around the world to find the joy in their lives. She believes that all humans go through the same things but yet we feel separated, so she encourages us to be open to connecting with others and become more mindful. In this episode, Agapi talks about gratitude, finding our center, making your own destiny, and dealing with your inner critic. This special episode also includes a guided meditation for you to follow along.