Working Woman Report Episodes
Working Woman Report: Luvvie Ajayi and Karen Cahn
Luvvie Ajayi is a New York Times Best-selling author. Her book, I’M JUDGING YOU – The Do-Better Manual, is a collection of essays examining our social media-defined culture and offering encouragement on self improvement. Luvvie, along with Karyn Brianne Lee, co-created The Red Pump Project, a nonprofit that raises awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls.
Karen Cahn is the Founder & CEO of iFundWomen, a crowdfunding platform for women-led startups and small businesses. It aims to close the crowdfunding and confidence gap for female entrepreneurs. Prior to this, she worked at Google and AOL, launching an Emmy-nominated web series at the latter with creators such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Tiffany Shlain, and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Working Woman Report: Tami Reiss and Pooja Chandrashekar
Tami Reiss is the creator of the “Just Not Sorry” app, which highlights when you type “just”, “sorry”, and other undermining words in your emails. She currently serves as the product lead for JustWorks and previously held the title of CEO for Cyrus Innovation. Tami is dedicated to the spread of diversity in technology and continues to develop software that furthers her goal.
Pooja Chandrashekar is the founder of ProjectCSGirls, a nonprofit that aims to close the gender gap in the tech industry by girls to enter STEM fields. She is currently a Harvard College student studying biomedical engineering with a minor in global health and health policy. Through ProjectCSGirls, she inspires young women to pursue computer science through competitions, mentorship opportunities, and conferences.
Working Woman Report: Jess Lively
Jess Lively is the Host of The Lively Show, a podcast focused on improving your well being to live a more fulfilling life. After starting up a jewelry business at just fifteen, Jess graduated from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. As her company developed, Jess decided to follow her passion and intuition, creating a blog in 2009 that thrives today and led to the creation of The Lively Show.
Time for Tea Series: Entrepreneurship vs Intrapreneurship
Patsy Doerr is currently the Global Head of Corporate Responsibility and Inclusion at Thomson Reuters. Prior to Thomson Reuters, she was based in Hong Kong at Credit Sussie. Patsy is also the President of the Alumni Association and sits on the Board of Trustees at Marymount School for Girls.
Ingrid Vanderveldt created EBW2020 with the goal to “Empower a Billion Women by 2020”. She was the first Entrepreneur in Residence at Dell in 2011 and went on to oversee multiple programs there, including “The $100M Dell Innovators Credit Fund”. Ingrid served as a member of the 2013-2014 United Nation’s Global Entrepreneurship Council.
Time for Tea Series: Women and Wealth
Jewelle Bickford is a Partner and Wealth Advisor at Evercore Wealth Management. She previously worked as a senior strategist at GenSpring Family Offices and was a global partner at Rothschild Group. Bickford currently serves on the board of directors of Women for Women International, the Women’s Media Center, and the Business Committee of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Time for Tea Series: Work-Life Balance
Anne-Marie Slaughter is the current President and CEO of New America Foundation. Her most recent book Unfinished Business: Women Men Work Family, is based on her 2012 article for The Atlantic entitled “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All”. The piece started conversations across the country regarding women in the workplace. From 2002-2009, she was the Dean of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Slaughter served as the Director of Policy Planning under Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from 2009-2011.
Time for Tea Series: Women In Technology
Kegan Schouwenburg is the CEO and Founder of SOLS, a company that creates custom insoles using 3D printing technology. Schouwenburg was recently featured on the “30 Under 30” lists for both Forbes and Inc. Magazine in 2015.
Time for Tea Series: Sharing Economy
Casey Casterline is the CEO and Co-Founder of eDivv.com, the largest peer to peer secondary beauty marketplace. As a beauty junkie and subscription box addict, Casey realized what her beauty passion was doing to her wallet and beauty cabinet. She soon realized she was not alone and built eDivv, a place where women can swap, buy, or sell their excess beauty products.
Stella Mateo is the CEO and Founder of SheTaxis. She founded the company to address the underrepresentation of women in the taxi industry. She uses her expertise and experience to create new, unprecedented opportunities for women on the road. Stella has always been an advocate for women’s empowerment and equal opportunity employment.
Emily Kammeyer creates a wide range of beautiful and timeless headpieces for E.Kammeyer Accessories. The collection is made by hand in a studio in Manhattan, then sold through the online marketplace “Poshmark”. Emily takes her inspiration from art deco architecture, 1920’s fashion, vintage vogues, impressionist art, and New York City itself.
Time for Tea Series: Women and Crowdfunding
Erin Bagwell is a filmmaker and feminist blogger residing in Brooklyn, New York. In the summer of 2013 she founded Feminist Wednesday, a feminist storytelling blog. In the summer of 2014 she launched a successful Kickstarter campaign, raising over $100,000 in funding to produce her first feature length film Dream, Girl. She has been featured on Forbes, Vogue, TED + Clinique’s “Smart Ideas Campaign”, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, Upworthy and FOX Business and was named one of the top 100 millennial creatives by Levo League. When she isn’t in the Dream, Girl office editing or blogging she can be found taking video selfies on Snapchat with her cat Lucy.
Patty is a national speaker and author that inspires audiences to lead and sell with passion and purpose. She is a business coach and crowdfunding expert that partners with individuals and groups that want to build a business plan that works, learn how to balance dreaming with action to achieve true success and produce transformational events that create real sales. Patty is the author of The Crowdfunding Book: A How-To Book for Entrepreneurs, Writers and Inventors and is currently working on her next book, 50 Speaking Gigs in 50 Weeks.
Geri Stengel is president and founder of Ventureneer, a content marketing, market research company that helps organisations reach small businesses through thought leadership. She recently partially funded a research project through a rewards-based crowdfunding campaign. Don’t let the title, Stand Out In the Crowd: How Women (and Men) Benefit From Equity Crowdfunding, fool you there are tips about rewards-based crowdfunding in it. Both Erin and Patty were interviewed for the Report. Geri also wrote Forget the Glass Ceiling: Build Your Business Without One. She also writes a column for Quickbooks on financing, Forbes on the success factors of women entrepreneurs and turnstone on entrepreneurship.
Time for Tea Series: Women in Business Leadership
Grace Hightower – CEO and Founder of Grace Hightower and Coffees of Rwanda
As a philanthropist, Hightower launched Grace Hightower & Coffees of Rwanda in 2013 with the mission of improving Rwandan livelihoods by marketing their products internationally. She is a board member of the New York Women’s Foundation and the New York Fund for Public Schools as well as a member of Ronald Perlman’s Women’s Heart Health Advisory Council and the International Women’s Coffee Alliance. Hightower has been honored for her work by numerous institutions including the American Cancer Society of New York City.
Gloria Feldt – Cofounder and President of Take the Lead
Gloria Feldt is co-founder and president of Take The Lead, the new women’s leadership movement to prepare, develop, inspire and propel women to take their fair and equal share of leadership positions across all sectors by 2025. The bestselling author of No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power, Gloria is an acclaimed expert on women, power and authentic leadership, and an inspiring keynote speaker, who motivates with heart and humor as a practical activist gives practical “Power Tools” for life and leadership.
Time for Tea Series: Playing Big Finding Your Voice
Tara Mohr – Author of Playing Big
Allison Haunss interviews Tara Mohr, a women’s leadership and well-being expert.
Tara is the author of Playing Big and the founder of Playing Big leadership program for women. When Tara began her coaching practice, she noticed a troubling pattern: caring, insightful, visionary women she worked with often didn’t see themselves as “ready” for leadership or more visibility, and were hampered by a loud inner critic and stuck in a kind of hiding. Over the years that followed, Tara made it her work to discover what helps women share their ideas more boldly and make more of an impact in their lives and careers (what she calls “playing big”). The patterns of what worked were consistent, clear and, given the conventional ways we think about women’s professional development, very surprising.
Time for Tea Series: The Business of Beauty
Brenda Wu – SkinCeuticals
As the General Manager for SkinCeuticals US, a L’Oreal-owned, physician-dispensed line of premium skincare, Brenda Wu leads a culture of entrepreneurialism, collaboration and thoughtful risk-taking. She oversees a team of more than 155 employees including sales, sales development, marketing, PR, digital, education, medical relations, operations and finance. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School and having attended Harvard Law School, Brenda began her career in California spearheading strategic planning at the Walt Disney Company. From there, she launched the AOL Instant Messenger Version 2.0 at AOL Time Warner, the first program to utilize emoticons, which effectively changed the way in which people communicate. She also served as a Senior Merchandiser for Banana Republic/Gap Inc., where she combined her “merchant gut instinct” for products & trends with deep analytics to drive strong profit improvements for the $100M+ tops category by, among other initiatives, optimizing the ratio of fashion versus classic “wear to work” shirts.
After moving to Manhattan and joining L’Oreal, Brenda served as a Director at Kiehl’s, where her remerchandising initiative overhauled the look, feel and experience of shopping at Kiehl’s stores, boosting retail sales. She quickly took on roles with increased responsibilities at L’Oreal, serving as Vice President of Marketing for Lancôme, where she substantially improved the brand’s retail marketing. She then became the Vice President across Giorgio Armani Beauty’s fragrance, makeup and skincare lines, where she continued to deliver sales and profit growth through successful new product launches, strategic distribution partnerships and innovative consumer outreach strategies.
Brenda lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan with her husband and three children. She values giving back to her community and is an active volunteer mentor and interviewer for the Harvard Alumni Association of New York.
Theo Kogan – Armour Beauty
Theo Kogan, former lead singer of the legendary all-female punk band Lunachicks, craved a lip gloss that would stay on during her high-energy performances. Realizing what the beauty industry was missing, Theo created Armour Beauty, a naturally based, long-lasting lip gloss. Each of the 20+ beautiful shades of gloss are named after Theo’s favorite songs or pop culture icons, paying homage to those who have made Theo the strong woman she is today. The paraben- and cruelty-free lip glosses are made from natural plant oils and butters rich in vitamins and anti-oxidants to moisturize and protect your lips. Armour Beauty is a favorite of strong, iconic women including Lady GaGa, Rachel Zoe and Eva Mendes.
Jane Wurwand – Dermalogica
As the founder and chief visionary of Dermalogica and The International Dermal Institute post-graduate training centers, Jane Wurwand is one of the most recognized and respected authorities in professional skin therapy. Under her leadership, Dermalogica has grown to be the leading professional skin care brand, used by more than 100,000 skin therapists in more than 100 countries around the world.
In January, 2011, Wurwand launched FITE – Financial Independence Through Entrepreneurship – a global women’s entrepreneurial initiative inspired by her three decades of work within the professional skin care industry. Since its launch, FITE has assisted more than 70,000 women to achieve financial independence as well as gain access to educational programs and leadership training. Most recently, FITE launched a new salon program, FITE Future Entrepreneur, under Secretary Hillary Clinton’s Job One initiative.
Wurwand is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative and their Women and Girls Action Committee. She also works closely with the United Nations Foundation as a special advisor on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, as well as serves as a leading private sector partner with UN Women and the United Nations to help move the global gender equality agenda forward.