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.
Natalia Oberti Noguera is a true believer of “you can’t be what you can’t see.” She founded Pipeline Angels to help level the playing field in funding for women and nonbinary femme social entrepreneurs. In this episode, Natalia shares her journey, how you can influence the world around you through a culture of change, the importance of women investing in women, and more.
Jen Glantz found, by chance, a skill set that she didn’t know was needed in the market and used it to build a business. She’s now a professional bridesmaid and her company, Bridesmaids for Hire, help women all over the world wrangle the troops and make sure that their wedding day goes out without a hitch. In this episode, Jen shares her journey as an entrepreneur, best and worst stories from weddings she’s been involved with, the importance of finding the right mentor, and balancing business and relationships.
Rose DeStefano is a B Impact Fellow at B Lab, the nonprofit that certifies businesses as B Corporations. In this episode Rose talks about what B Corps are and how they are having an impact in the world, the Best for NYC initiative, her career and how her mentors have influenced her journey.
Catharine Plano is an executive coach and a leadership development professional. She believes that we all have the resources we need to make a difference in the world, we just need to tap into our own potential. In this episode, Catherine shares her thoughts on what holds us back from achieving happiness, different ways of communicating with your team, her thoughts on family leave and how we can change the business world from the inside.
Emilie Aries had a career that started with a bang: she was the youngest state director in the nation helping President Obama push for policies like federal health reform, was recruiting training and managing hundreds of volunteers, and living a busy life… until it caught up with her. Finding herself burnout at age 25, Emilie decided to change her life. She founded Bossed Up, a training company that helps women manage career transition and avoid burnout. In this episode, Emilie shares her own experience with burnout, how to avoid it, her views on what it takes for gender equality to be real, the realities of meritocracy and how to rejuvenate.
You already know Kristy Wallace as the president of Ellevate Network and host of the Ellevate Podcast, but today you get to hear the real story behind her career and what brought her to Ellevate as we turn the tables on her. In this episode, Maricella interviews Kristy and they talk about career shifts, feminism and diversity, raising your kids (boys and girls) to be feminists and to care about the world around them, finding and following your professional mission and being a working mom.
Miki Agrawal is in the business of period, pee and poop. She is the co-founder and CEO of THINX, the period-proof underwear company that’s disrupting the $15 billion feminine-hygiene market. Miki is a strong voice, a proponent of innovation and social enterprises, and is committed to changing the conversation to break taboos, particularly around normal bodily functions that keep many girls and women back, particularly in the developing world. In this episode, Miki talks about being a twin, her journey building THINX, making taboo topics mainstream, and her favorite entrepreneur moments.