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.
Miriam Grobman works to advance women's leadership through strategy, leadership development and organizational culture. Her career took many turns: she started off in Wall Street, moved to Brazil to work at a mining company, and finally decided to start her own business. In this episode Miriam talks to Kristy about working abroad, taking risks, creating change, and closing the gender gap.
Janet Balis has had a career full of twists and turns: from consulting, to media, to entrepreneurship, she's done a bit of everything. She also has had the pleasure of working with strong leaders like Arianna Huffington and Martha Stewart. In this episode, Janet shares her career journey, her process of building her personal brand, how much she's learning from the younger generations and some great tips to be more productive.
Manon DeFelice is the Founder and CEO of Inkwell, a company dedicated to connect senior level women with flexible job opportunities. Her career path has been non-traditional to say the least. She started off right after college designing compensation packages for the top executives in large businesses. She went to law school, worked with the Manhattan DA office with the sex crime unit, and after graduating while pregnant, she had an offer from a large law firm rescinded and decided to go to work for the NYC Mayor’s office to work on human trafficking and the commercial exploitation of children. In this episode, Manon shares her career journey, how it shaped her both in her family life as a mother and as an executive, how she negotiated her first job offer, some of the issues working moms face, the impact that flexibility can have on employees, and more.
Karen Potter is a Director of Social Collaboration, Talent & Learning Technology at Citi. Karen immigrated to the United States from Guatemala when she was seven with her single mom and two siblings. In this episode, Karen shares her story and memories of when she moved as a child, how playing sports had an impact on her career, and how networking and showing up brought her to where she is today.
January’s almost over; have you been sticking to your new year goals? How do you make sure you stay on track? This week’s guest, May Busch, went from being a senior executive for Morgan Stanley to creating her own path and becoming an executive coach. With over 24 years in investment banking, May has quite the insight and experience she wants to share with other executive women to help them advance in their careers. In this episode, Kristy and May discuss how to accomplish goals, how to track and achieve progress, and what you can do to take action in your lives.
Erin Loos Cutraro is the Co-Founder & CEO of She Should Run, an organization working to increase the number of women getting involved in elected office. After an intense weekend where more than 3 million people around the world marched to make their voices heard in support of equality and women’s rights, this is the perfect time to talk about the reasons there aren’t that many women in elected office. Erin shares some of the work She Should Run is doing to connect leadership and policy, research they have done around the double standards that women face in the campaign trail, some of the barriers to entry for women, and where you should start if you’re curious about running for office. Also, Maricella and Kristy went to DC together this weekend and the two debrief about how they feel about their role in politics.
How are you owning 2017? In this special episode, Sallie Krawcheck, Chair of Ellevate Network and Founder and CEO of Ellevest, talks to Kristy about her new book, <em>Own It.</em> Sallie knows the business world is changing, and she thinks that with these changes, women are strategically positioned because of our innate strengths, to be successful. We have the opportunity to use the power we don't even know we have to change the world. We just need to stop taking the advice that says we should act like men.