Design that Speaks to a Rising Ride, Rachel Berks, Otherwild, Podcast #49

This week I chatted with Rachel Berks, owner of Otherwild and designer behind the insanely popular ‘The Future Is Female’ t-shirt. Rachel had a lot to say about the unexpected reach of her design work, the steps she took to get enough freedom in her business to create, and how she’s dealt with having her work copied by other artists.

Listening to Customer #1, Jordan Salcito, Ramona, Podcast #48

Jordan Salcito is the sommelier and entrepreneur behind two successful beverage ventures — Bellus Wines and RAMONA. To kick off 2018, Jordan and I sat down to talk about her path towards entrepreneurship, and how she really followed herself as potential customer #1 to drive the ideas behind each of her businesses.

Conquering the New York Restaurant Scene, Victoria Freeman, Restauranteur, Podcast 47

Victoria Freeman has a successful career as a New York City restaurateur — a feat in and of itself.  Her restaurants include Cookshop, Vic’s, Shuka, and Rosies. This week we sat down to talk about her career path, and the challenges and triumphs she’s had along the way. Positively Gotham Gal will be on hiatus for the rest of this holiday season — enjoy the remainder of your 2017, and we’ll be back on Monday, January 8th with a brand new episode.

What Drives Me? Olivia Young, Box + Flow, Podcast #46

Olivia Young is the Founder of Box + Flow, a fitness location and lifestyle brand based on the principles of personal balance and enjoying life. For the podcast this week, Olivia and I sat down and got straight to business — from what it took for her take the plunge into her first entrepreneurial venture, to how she brings a unique perspective to the exploding wellness industry, and everything in between.

Trust What You Chose, Abbey Warsh, Harbor Market & Kitchen, Podcast #45

After over a decade of being a full-time mom, Abbey Warsh decided to take a calculated leap into entrepreneurship — she partnered with Chef Paul Del Favero and Susan Del Favero to open the Harbor Market & Kitchen in Sag Harbor, Long Island. Abbey shares with me how trusting her gut led her to the right opportunities and collaborators, and how this mindset continues to influence her business today, as well as her plans for the future

Empowering Women with Tech, Fereshteh Forough, Code to Inspire, Podcast#44

Empowering Women with Tech – Fereshteh Forough Description: This week I sat down with Fereshteh Forough, Founder & CEO of Code to Inspire — a nonprofit committed to teaching female students in Afghanistan how to code. Fereshteh talks about her journey from Afghan refugee, to international advocate for women’s education and equality.

If you like what you hear, please support what Fereshteh is doing.  She has a campaign going right now for Code to Inspire.  Click here.

When You Fall in Love with the Work, Amanda Merrow & Katie Baldwin, Amber Waves Farm, Podcast #43

This week features the Co-Founders and farmers of Amber Waves Farm, Amanda Merrow, and Katie Baldwin. Located in Amagansett, NY, their mission is to bring sustainability, education, and a highly curated food experience to the farm to table market. Amanda & Katie’s story takes us from their first connection during a farming apprenticeship to opening their own, one-of-a-kind, grocery store.

The Payoff that Comes with Starting Small, Jessica Banks, RockPaperRobot, Podcast #42

Jessica Banks has a career path that did not go the way she thought it would — after having to abandon her dreams of becoming an astronaut, it took this Founder & CEO of RockPaperRobot awhile to find the right place to put her feet on the ground. But once she did, she took off. Jessica’s plan of honing in on one product before expanding her business has paid off big-time and is definitely an idea we can all find use from.

Putting in the Time to Build Traction, Carissa Waechter, Carrisa’s Bakery, Podcast #41

This week’s episode features Carissa Waechter, the entrepreneur, baker, and pastry chef behind Carissa’s Bakery in East Hampton, NY. Carissa takes us through her career path from culinary school to starting her own business, and why it was so important for her to make sure she took the time she needed before launching her retail store.

It’s All about Creating an Emotion – Zara Tisch, Terez, Podcast #40

Zara Tisch is the Founder & CEO of the playful leggings and accessories company, Terez. Zara sat down with me this week to talk about how she’s built her company by focusing on products that create positive emotional experiences for her customers.

Business as a Force for Good in the World, Susan McPherson, Podcast #39

Susan McPherson is the Founder & CEO of McPherson Strategies, a consultancy focused on the intersection between brands and social good. Susan had an enormous amount of insight on everything from the possibilities for business to create positive change in the world, to how daunting that first big step into a life ‘without a paycheck’ can be.

Turning Your Lowest Moment into Your Biggest Opportunity, Jane West, Podcast #38

This week’s episode features CEO Jane West, one of the women entrepreneurs who has pioneered the cannabis industry since Denver’s legalization in 2014. Her story is full of plot twists, and Jane shares with us how she saw each let-down, misdirection, and mistake as an opportunity to try something new.

Play to Your Strengths, Megan Grassell, Yellowberry, Podcast #37

Megan Grassell founded her company, Yellowberry, when she was just 17. This week, I sat down with the millennial entrepreneur to talk about what inspired her business, the smart moves she made throughout her journey, and her vision for the future of her company.

Put Your Idea Out Into the World, ItsbyU, Christine and Caroline Strzalka, Podcast #36

Sisters and Co-Founders, Christine & Caroline Strzalka, are the duo behind the soon-to-be-released floral subscription service, Itsbyu. This week they shared with me a ton of insights from their mad dash to hit the ground running with a brand new startup

Christine Vachon, It’s So Much About Risk, Podcast #35

This week’s episode features acclaimed American film producer and Co-Founder of Killer Films, Christine Vachon. Christine and I discussed her trajectory from New York’s experimental film scene to the Oscars, and the big risks she took along the way. Definitely an inspiring story for any entrepreneur looking to take on a fresh perspective on how to conquer their corner of the market.

Donna Zaccaro, You Need to See It In Order To Be It, Podcast #34

Donna Zaccaro is the director of the upcoming documentary film, ‘To A More Perfect Union: U.S. v Windsor” — set to have its world premiere at the Woodstock Film Festival this October.  Donna is also the founder of Dazzling Media.  She joined me in conversation to talk about her films, her empowering influences, and a career full of decisive twists and turns that led her to a life that allows for her impactful, creative endeavors today.

Podcast #33, 10 Years in the Making, Jen Bekman, 20×200

This week’s episode features Jen Bekman, art gallerist, and Founder of 20×200 — an online marketplace that makes art accessible to everyone. Just in time for 20×200’s ten year anniversary, Jen shares some insights on playing the long game in your business — from re-evaluating your steps, to honoring your successes, and everything in between.

Failure can make you Fearless, Harleen Kahlon, Bolde, Podcast #32

Failure can make your Fearless – Harleen Kahlon This week features a conversation with Harleen Kahlon, Founder of, an editorial-driven lifestyle company for millennial women. Harleen’s path to founding her company took her through many career milestones, and down some unexpected avenues — it’s a great example of being unafraid to embrace new directions and looking at missteps as new opportunities

Start Small, Think Big, Podcast #31, Kelsey Recht, Venuebook

Kelsey Recht,  the Founder and CEO of Venuebook joins me on the podcast this week to talk about everything from the dedicated sense of drive she developed as a competitive junior figure skater, to how motherhood made her a better CEO. Kelsey’s approach to creating a new platform for event booking benefited from her mindset of ‘start small, but think big’- something we can all get a benefit from.

Get Focused On Your Mission, Christine Quinn, Podcast #30

This week’s episode features former mayoral candidate, groundbreaking advocate, and current CEO of Women In Need, Christine Quinn.

I have known Christine for years and we sat down to sat down to discuss everything from her career in politics to coping with failure, and how to bring entrepreneurship into all aspects of life. She has learned a lot over the years and her transparency around all these topics is impressive.  Christine lets us in on some valuable insights into the political sphere and what we can do to create change in our own communities.  She is definitely back on her game.  A very timely conversation.


Learning through Play, Ayah Bdeir, littleBits, Podcast#29

Learning Through Play – Ayah Bdeir Founder and CEO of littleBits  Ayah takes us through her journey of a curiosity-filled upbringing in Beirut, to her inspiring years at MIT’s Media Lab, and how her path led her to create Little Bits — technology kits composed of electronic building blocks that have seemingly limitless creative potential for tinkerers and learners of all ages.

Pairing Knowledge with Possibility, Erica Jain, Podcast #28

Co-founder & CEO Erica Jain talks about how a massive void in the market led her to create Healthie,  an all-in-one, HIPAA-compliant platform for nutritional healthcare. Erica’s out-of-the-box approach to client acquisition, and what led her down that path, provide great insights for entrepreneurs in any market.

From Friends to Founders – Claire Mazur & Erica Cerulo, Podcast #27

Claire Mazur and Erica Cerulo are the Co-Founders of Of A Kind, a hand-curated e-commerce site that connects consumers with artists and designers that create unique and small-run finds.  Claire and Erica explain how their business was born from friendship — and how an idea hatched late at night during a resume writing session, became the new model for finding one of a kind pieces online and beyond.  They also have a killer podcast.

Being Deliberate About Your Path, Alice Cheng, Podcast

Alice Cheng is the Founder & CEO of Culinary Agents, a company that connects food industry professionals to hiring companies and restaurants. Alice’s path to entrepreneurship was anything but linear — in our conversation, she discusses how thirteen years at the corporate giant, IBM, gave her the opportunity to learn the skills she needed for the next phase of her career.

Katherine Powers, Muses and Marketing, Podcast

This week’s episode features Katherine Power, Co-Founder & CEO of Clique Media Group — a parent company of leading content sites and brands. Katherine shares her unique strategy for inviting customers to be both muses and marketers for their favorite brands, and how that’s led to success across platforms today.

Jean Brownhill, Nothing is Standard, Podcast

This week’s conversation is with Jean Brownhill, Founder & CEO of Sweeten — a network that connects people with renovation projects to general contractors and assists them with project management throughout the process. I invested the first dollar in Sweeten, and you’ll understand why when you hear Jean’s story of hard work mixed with an openness to the possibility of opportunity — this woman has followed her gut from a high school babysitting business to the Harvard Loeb fellowship, with tons of informative lessons in between.

Lolly Daskal, Lead from Within, Podcast

Lolly Daskal, sought-after executive leadership coach and founder & CEO of Lead from Within, sat down with me this week to talk about her unconventional path to a sustainable career as ‘the navigator’ for some of the world’s biggest CEO’s. Lolly’s independent spirit led her to break out on her own at a young age, and it’s that same boldness that informs her ability to empower others in their business leadership. She has some great insights that are sure to be useful for everyone.

Flipping the tables on the podcast this week, it is me. #23

Episode 23: Turning the Tables – This week we’re turning the tables and putting me, the Gotham Gal in the hot seat. I am interviewed by Alexandra O’Daly, who works with me every day and we talk about the path that led me to become the investor I am today, what informs my passion for investing in women entrepreneurs — and gives some insights into my ‘take no bs from anyone’ attitude

Tami Forman, Path Forward, Getting Mom’s Back to Work, Podcast

This week, Tami Forman discusses the work her organization is doing to help women return to the workforce after taking time away for motherhood or other family care giving. As Executive Director of Path Forward, Tami has poured her personal passion for gender equality at home and at work into a nonprofit organization with a vital mission.

We Couldn’t NOT Do It, Joanna McFarland, Hop Skip Drive, Podcast

Co-Founder & CEO of HopSkipDrive, Joanna McFarland, chats with us about how all roads led to quitting her job and diving into the startup world with the idea of creating a safe and dependable ride service for kids. Joanna shares her interesting career path, one in which she leveraged her fears and uncertainties into success — making it a point to explore and understand anything that intimidated or confounded her. Joanna’s measured approach to risk taking is certainly one to take a few pointers from.

Linda Ong, A Brand is an Ideology, Podcast

Linda Ong, branding powerhouse & Chief Culture Officer of Civic Entertainment Group, sat down with me this week to chat about how her own “mish-mash” of cultural identities informed her career — one in which she’s created cultural identities for companies and media networks alike. Linda breaks down how she approaches the building of a brand identity with her own clients, and her insights are not to be missed!

Tracy DiNunzio, Tradesy, From Learning to Closing, podcast

On episode #18 of Positively Gotham Gal, we talk with Tracy DiNunzio, Founder and CEO of Tradesy, an online platform where women can buy and sell from their own closets. Tracy’s scrappy approach to success is both tenacious and endearing — a great inspiration story for anyone in need of a swift kick in the pants in the start- up world.

Alexis Maybank, Changing Direction Can Be A Good Thing, Podcast

This week’s conversation features Alexis Maybank, Co-Founder & CEO of Project September, the first entirely visual shopping platform. Alexis lets us in on her previous experience as the Co-founder of the luxury e-commerce site, Gilt, and how she let changes in consumer behavior, and new ideas, influence her in a positive way to start her latest venture.

Nina Luu, Episode 16, Building a Diverse Team

Chatted with Nina Luu, Founder & CEO of Shippabo, about how she came up with the idea for her successful startup and what really sets them apart from other solutions in the marketplace. Nina’s approach to management and diversity in considering how to build her company’s team takes on unexpected difficulties that she shares with us here — it’s definitely worth a listen for anyone thinking about growth and culture.


A New Way to Tell A Story, Amanda Kludt, podcast

I have been fortunate to watch Amanda Kludt, Editor-in-Chief at Eater, grow into this role.  I have known Amanda for almost a decade.  Her insight into the food industry is worth listening to.  She has always had her finger on the pulse.   I highly recommend signing up for her weekly down-lows on the world of food.   I loved this conversation.

Jean Poh, Changing One of the Oldest Industries, Podcast

Jean comes from a long line jewelers.  We talked about her business Swoonery and how it is changing an industry that has been around for centuries.  Technology touches everything.

Erin Bagwell, Choosing to be Your Own Distributor, Podcast

Erin Bagwell is the director, producer, entrepreneur and visionary behind Dream Girl.  Dream Girl is a film that is about showing other women especially young girls that there are female entrepreneurs out there and that they can be too.  This film has been shown around the globe.  Erin’s approach to the film, the distribution including how she raised the capital is the new model.  The next generation of film makers should be taking note.  We sat down to talk about her endeavor to get this film made.

Dana Cowin, Lead and Exceed, Podcast

I met Dana Cowin more than a several years ago now.  I was in London having dinner and she was a few tables over from me.  I recognized her as I have been an avid subscriber of Food and Wine for now over 30 years.  I went over to her table and introduced myself.  We had a few friends in common and when I returned to NYC one of them reached out for us to connect and have dinner.  We have been having dinner and more since then.  Her birds-eye view of the food industry is like no other.  It was really fun to sit down with her and chat about her career starting as an editor at Food and Wine to her next journey in the world of food.  Highly suggest following her on Instagram for some fantastic photos.

Challenging the Health Care Model, Katherine Ryder, Podcast

I met Katherine after she left the venture world and was charting her life as an entrepreneur.  She finally found the right path with Maven.  Maven connects patients and providers with video or messaging.  They are able to give advice, provide prescriptions and everything else in between.  Think of it as a place for women to get care digitally.  I love their tag line; prescriptions or advice by video appointment or private message. Whenever, wherever.

Katherine and I sat down to talk about her journey.  An interesting path to get her to where she is today.

Positively Gotham Gal, Karen Cahn, iFundWomen

Karen is the founder of iFundWomen a crowdfunding platform for women-led businesses.  Karen has been part of the tech industry of NY since the start.  This platform is not only giving women a voice but capital to build on their ideas.  They can tell their stories, raise capital and be part of a community.  Karen is passionate about the women she is helping and her enthusiasm shows in our conversation.

Enjoy the podcast!

Podcast, Marianne Courville, The Alchemist of Entrepreneurship

Marianne Courville is the founder of The Hudson Standard, a line of small batch cocktail bitters and syrups.


Monday Podcast, Sara Chipps, Jewelbots, If Your Partner Wouldn’t Hire You, Then You Shouldn’t Hire Them.

Sara Chipps, Jewelbots

Podcast Monday, The Surprises Never Stop Coming, Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, Food 52

Podcast with Maiko Kyogoku, Restaurants Are A People’s Business

Today’s episode is with Maiko Kyogoku, the owner of the restaurant Bessou.

Positively Gotham Gal Podcast, Open and Honest Conversations with Caren Maio

This week’s Podcast is with Caren Maio, Founder and CEO of Nestio.

Podcast Monday is the new theme

I am going to start posting podcasts on Monday like I used to post entrepreneur of the week.  This time instead of reading the piece you can listen.  20 minute sound bites.

This one is Just Build with Nancy Lublin.

One person can change everything….oh, and a new podcast

There is a new podcast up.  Worth the listen.  Umber Ahmad of Mah Ze Dahr Bakery.  You can now subscribe on Itunes.


imagesIn a company one person can change everything.  A sales person can join the team and the trajectory can change overnight.  A new COO can join the team and take a look at the company from bottom up, shift a few things around responsibilities and all of a sudden you have a fine oiled machine.

One bad apple in a company can reek havoc on the culture.  Some founders have a hard time firing that one person for fear of the team being upset, or hoping that tomorrow will be a better day but pretty much 10 times out of 10 when they do let that bad apple go the team sighs a huge gasp of relief.  The question is always, “why didn’t anyone say anything?”  The reality is most don’t.  They are looking for leadership and believe in in the culture they are creating.

It isn’t easy being the founder.  It is a tough job yet it is also an exhilarating job.  I have also seen founders become paralyzed around hiring.  It is hard to put the cart before the horse but in the start-up world those risks are weighed daily.

I have seen companies have 24 cents in the bank and boom they get funded and life changes.  It is the same thing with people.  One person can change the whole game.



Positively Gotham Gal

After writing over hundreds of Monday posts called Women Entrepreneur of the week it was time for a change.  And so…I began a podcast.  It is called Positively Gotham Gal which is an ode to Positively 10th Street, a podcast our family did on a weekly basis back in early 2000 that is unfortunately nowhere to be found.

The podcast will be around entrepreneurship.  It is short, sweet with worthwhile tidbits.  I will post them weekly and get a widget up on the blog.

imgresThe first guest is Margit Detweiller.  One of her companies is TueNight.  This one is called “The Power of the Older Woman.”  Here is the first podcast.