The Future is Crypto, Arianna Simpson, Podcast #161

Arianna Simpson is a partner at Andreessen Horowitz where she helms the largest crypto fund in the world at just 30yo. Her career has spanned across the various areas of tech, from early-stage startups to Facebook, before discovering her passion for investing. She developed a strong interest in crypto early on and founded Autonomous Partner, an investment fund focused on crypto and digital, assets in 2017. We talked about changes and opportunities in the crypto landscapes, and her experience as a woman in the crypto world.

You can read more about crypto here at a16Z

You can also listen to this podcast on Soundcloud and iTunes.

Our next guest on PGG will be Alison Roman, the viral recipe writer, NYT bestseller cookbook author, and YouTubepersonality.


Uber of Birth Control, Varsha Rao, NURX, Podcast #160

Varsha Rao is the CEO of NURX, the leading female-focused telehealth platform disrupting the healthcare industry in the US. Prior to NURX, Varsha made a career in managing large organizations and startups such as Airbnb, as well as building and scaling mission-driven companies such as CloveHealth. We talked about the unique entrepreneurial experience that led her to healthcare, lessons learned along the way and taking over a telehealth company amidst a pandemic.

You can also listen to this on iTunes and Soundcloud.


Our next guest on PGG will be Arianna Simpson, the partner at Andreessen Horowitz helming the largest crypto fund in the world.


Keeping Kids Safe Against Police Brutality, Charmine Davis, Podcast #159

Charmine Davis is the director of behavioral health services at the Jenesse Center, an institution that supports victims of domestic violence, and the founder of the social impact app Just Us App. Charmine’s career as a therapist with over 25 years of experience servicing families of Southern California motivated her to start Just Us, a smartphone app that aims to prevent police brutality by equipping young drivers with a voice-activated system to assist them when interacting with the police. We talked about her journey with Just Us and her experience doing social work amidst a pandemic.

You can also listen to the podcast on iTunes and Soundcloud.


Rebooting Cultures Through VR, Myra Laldin, Podcast #158

Myra Laldin is the founder of VR Perspectives and a pioneer in harnessing the potential of VR storytelling in diversity and inclusion training. We got together to discuss how she combines her background in business and behavioral science to improve strategic business performance through XR.

You can also listen to the podcast on iTunes and Soundcloud.

To learn more about VR Perspectives, you can visit the website.


Our next guest on PGG will be Charmine Davis, the director of behavioral health services at the Jenesse Center for victims of domestic abuse and the founder of the Just US app, a social impact app that aims to prevent police brutality.


Women and Work, Francesca Donner, Podcast # 157

Francesca Donner is the New York Times gender director, and the editor of In Her Words, a 3x weekly column that examines women’s issues globally. We got together to discuss women’s position in the workforce and the labor market amidst covid.

To hear more from Francesca, read the NYT column In Her Words.

You can also hear this podcast on Soundcloud or iTunes.

Our next guest on PGG will be Mira Laldin, the founder of VR Perspectives, and a pioneer in the use of VR storytelling in diversity and inclusion training.


A Year of Change in Food Writing, Carla Lalli Music, Podcast #156

Carla Lalli Music is a chef, cookbook author, and YouTube personality. We got together to discuss her constantly evolving career in the food industry, from foodservice to teaching, food writing, YouTube influencing, and finally cookbook author.

You can also listen to the podcast on iTunes and Soundcloud.

Our next guest on PGG will be Francesca Donner, the NYT gender director, who joined me to discuss women, working, and everything in between.


Rethinking Negotiation, Andrea Schneider, Institute for Women’s Leadership, Podcast #155

Andrea Schneider is an academic, driven negotiator and the head of the Institute For Women’s Leadership at Marquette University. She has dedicated her life to making the ADR fields more attractive, approachable, and inclusive. We got together to discuss Andrea’s work with IWL in advancing women’s leadership on a local and global level.

To learn more about the IWL, you can visit the website here.

You can also listen to this podcast on Soundcloud and iTunes.

Our next guest on PGG will be Carla Lalli Music, the chef, cookbook author, and YouTube personality.


Changing Publishing, Cindy Spiegel and Julie Grau, Podcast # 154

Cindy Spiegel and Julie Grau are the founders and CEOs behind the new independent publishing house, Spiegel & Grau. We got together over zoom to discuss their entrepreneurial journey, the challenges of creating an independent publishing house in the pandemic age, and the release of their first title, Fox and I: An Uncommon Friendship

To learn more about Spiegel & Grau, you can visit the website

You can also listen to the podcast on iTunes and Soundcloud.

Our next guest on PGG will be Andrea Schneider, the brilliant academic and driven negotiator at the head of the Institute for Women’s Leadership at Marquette University Law School.


Design Inclusion, Malene Barnett, Podcast #153

Malene Barnett is an artist, activist, and the founder of Black Artists + Designers Guild, a global platform and curated collective of independent black artists, makers, and designers. We got together over zoom to talk about her entrepreneurial journey and inclusion in the design field.

To learn more about Black Artists + Designers Guild, you can visit the website here. You can also listen to this on Soundcloud and iTunes.

Our next guests on PGG will be Cindy Spiegel and Julie Grau, the two women behind the new publishing house Spiegel & Grau, to discuss the release of their first title, Fox and I: An Uncommon Friendship.


Treating Autism, Joan Fallon, Podcast # 152

Joan Fallon is a doctor, an academic, and the entrepreneur behind Curemark, a biopharmaceutical company focused on developing novel therapies to treat serious neurological diseases for which there are no or limited treatment options. We got together over zoom to discuss her unusual take on medicine and her path to entrepreneurship.

You can also listen to it on iTunes here and Soundcloud here.

To learn more about Curemark, you can visit the website
Our next guest on PGG will be Malene Barnet, the artist, activist, and founder of Black Artists + Designers Guild.


The Inconvenient Truth, Alexandra Fenneli & Mia Abbruzzese, Podcast #151

Alexandra Fenneli & Mia Abbruzzese are the founders and co-CEOs of the new direct-to-consumer company Attn: Grace, which focuses on intimate products for aging women. We got together over zoom to discuss their entrepreneurial journey and the challenges of creating a personal care brand and disrupting the incontinence segment.

You can also listen to this on iTunes and Soundcloud.

Our next guest on PGG will be Dr. Joan Fallon, the doctor, an academic, and the entrepreneur behind Curemark.


From Jenny to Jing, Jing Gao, Podcast #150

Jing Gao is the founder of Fly By Jing, a line of Chinese spice and condiments inspired by her hometown of Chengdo. We got together over zoom to discuss her entrepreneurial journey, and the challenges of creating a high-quality, modern, female-led Chinese food brand.
To learn more about Fly By Jing, you can visit the website.

You can also listen on iTunes and Soundcloud.
Our next guests on PGG will be Alexandra Fennell & Mia Abbruzzese, the new direct-to-consumer company Attn: Grace, which focuses on intimate products for aging women.