Letitia James is the epitome of a female role model. As Public Advocate for the City of New York and the first woman of color to hold citywide office in NYC, Letitia James is all about breaking down barriers and giving a voice to those who have been “locked out of the sunshine of opportunity.” In an episode guaranteed to inspire, Kristy and Letitia sit down to discuss Letitia’s career path, how she stays connected to her community (it may involve DoubleDutch), the feminization of poverty, and the need for more women to take up positions in public office.
As psychotherapist, writer, wellness & executive coach, Megan Bruneau is a leading voice in the health and wellness community. She has pursued her passion to help others to no end, even if it meant taking an unconventional approach. After graduating from a prestigious counseling psychology Masters program, Megan couldn’t seem to land a job and rather than letting her situation get the best of her, she chose to pursue the thing in her life that brought her joy: yoga. In this episode, Megan traces her winding path from a yoga mat cleaner to successful entrepreneur and discusses the importance of therapy and using one’s privilege to help others.
Eva Moskowitz, Founder and CEO of Success Academy Charter Schools, has been passionate about education from the time she was young. Growing up in NYC, she was aware of the effect a family’s zip code had on a child’s destiny. With her passion for educating grades K through 12 and her service as a chairwoman of NYC Council’s Education Committee, she opened the Academy to close the achievement gap for children in low income neighborhoods. In this episode, Eva discusses how Success Academy is reversing the achievement gap, why we need to more women at the top and why it’s important for parents to have autonomy over where their kids go to school.
Not many companies have a single individual as their Chief People and Legal Officer; however, AppNexus is setting a trend and changing the game with diversity in tech. After 4 years as their General Counsel, Nithya Das now serves as the Chief People and Legal Officer at AppNexus. This hybrid role allows her to help drive diversity and inclusion while working closely with both the legal and people teams. In this episode Nithya discusses how she transitioned from working at a firm to working at AppNexus, the importance of corporate culture and why she’s not afraid of people saying, “No.”
Taylor Bradford has always been curious about being her own boss, so she bought her first rental property at 24 years old. As a multi-passionate entrepreneur, she’s had the opportunity to pursue various endeavors from the fitness world to the oil and gas industry to blogging. Her brain is constantly thinking of ways to move forward and collaborate. In this week’s episode, Taylor talks about finding an entrepreneurial spirit at a young age, changing her career path and wanting to be the first female owner of an NFL team.
Andrea Ormeno, Women’s Business Center Director at the Queens Economic Development Center (QEDC), is no stranger to the hard work of an entrepreneur. As an immigrant and the youngest director in the history of QEDC, she understands the immense work it takes for small business owners to succeed. However, she is dedicated to breaking down the barriers. Growing up in an entrepreneurial family in Ecuador, she is passionate about providing immigrant business owners with the resources they need when starting their businesses in America. In this week’s episode, Andrea discusses her experience working for QEDC and her passion for getting women entrepreneurs the tools they need. She also gives some incredible pro-tips and advice for small business owners.
From the time Environmental Artist Anne DeCarbuccia was young, she’s been passionate about nature. Growing up on the island of Corsica, she always been surrounded by and interested in the beauty around her. Her love of nature coupled with her passion for art has led her to an illustrious career bringing awareness to the effects that we have on our planet. In this episode, Anne discusses her evolution as an artist, the power we have as consumers, and her exhibition One Planet One Future. You can see Anne’s work at her permanent gallery exhibitions in New York and Milan.
Diana Burley has extensive expertise in cyber security. As Executive Director and Chair at the Institute for Information Infrastructure Protection (I3P) and professor at George Washington University she is passionate about ensuring the confidentiality, integrity and availability that reside on our systems. In this week’s episode, Diana discusses being a woman of color in the tech field, gives us advice on how to go into our work with confidence and encourages women that it’s never too late to start a career in tech. Whether your’e 12 or 65, tech needs diverse backgrounds, and it’s important for those voices to be heard.
Women are often discouraged from pursuing their dreams due to the many views society has on women’s roles. If you’re like Andie Kramer, you were discouraged from pursuing your dreams a very young age. Andie, an activist, artist and one of the 50 Most Influential Women Lawyers in America named by the National Law Journal, was told at 13 years old that being a “lady lawyer” would be a big mistake. Nevertheless, she persisted. In this episode, Andie shares advice on how to confront gender bias in the workplace and discusses what organizations can do to be more inclusive and help women succeed. She also discusses how we can all be more socially conscious, not just in our careers, but our daily lives.
Idelisse Malavé and Joanne Sandler want you to know that their age and gender do not define them. With their humorous podcast Two Old Bitches, they set out to celebrate amazing women over 50 and dispel the myths about aging. In this episode, Idelisse and Joanne discuss the importance of intersectional feminism, why it’s great to enjoy and embrace being a woman at every age, and the ways women can stand up for themselves in the face of adversity.
Have you heard of the story where your daughter or young girl in your life is a “badass robot engineer?” Well look no further because Mara Lecocq, Founder and Co-Creator of Secret Code, has the solution. After years of working in tech and noticing the lack of representation for young girls in the industry, she decided to take action and create the customizable story that puts all girls at the forefront. In this episode, Mara discusses her tech journey, the importance of equal representations for girls of all races and how she started her successful side hustle. Her journey has led her all over the world inspiring her work and mission to bring tech to girls everywhere.
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.