Celebrating Jewish Mexican Heritage Through Food, Fany Gerson, Podcast #171

Fany Gerson is a chef, consultant, speaker, and cookbook author known for a unique approach to food that deeply respects her Mexican-Jewish heritage while also innovating by offering her own personal and modern twist. She is also the owner of Fan Fan Doughnuts, a Mexican-inspired American doughnut shop, and La Newyorkina, a Mexican ice cream shop. We talked about her entrepreneurial journey and the challenges she faced in the food industry at large as a Latina woman.

Follow her latest moves on Instagram at @fannygerson.

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

Our next guest on PGG will be Amanda Feilding, the scientist, drug policy reformer veteran, and lobbyist behind the Beckley Foundation


The Power of the People is Greater than the People in Power, Cristina Mittermeier, Podcast #170

Cristina Mittermeier is a photographer, marine biologist, activist, and author who pioneered the concept and field of conservation photography. She is the founder of the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP), which provides a platform for photographers working on environmental issues. She co-founded SeaLegacy, a non-profit dedicated to protecting the ocean, and Only one, a platform to share these stories. We talked about her entrepreneurial journey harnessing the power of storytelling for activism, showcasing and promoting ocean conservation and protection.

You can also listen on iTunes and Soundcloud.

Our next guest on PGG will be Fanny Guerson, the chef, speaker, and cookbook author behind cult doughnut shop FanFanDoughnut and ice cream shop La Newyorkina.


Revitalizing a Neighborhood Through Food, Shelley Kleyn Armistead, Podcast #169

Shelley Kleyn Armistead is the CEO and a partner at Gjelina, a food group in LA famous for revitalizing the Venice food scene. Starting at Soho House initially, Shelley joined Gjelina early on and helped expand the brand and the vision, now helming their expansion eastwards. She is known for her unique food, hospitality, and sustainability approach. We talked about her entrepreneurial journey, challenges, and lessons learned along the way.

You can also listen on iTunes and Soundcloud.

Our next guest on PGG will be Cristina Mittlemeier, the Photographer, marine biologist, activist, and author who pioneered the field of conservation photography through her non-profits ILCP (International League of Conservation Photographers) and SeaLegacy.


High Earning Not Rich Yet, Pamela Danziger, Podcast #168

Pamela Danziger is the speaker, author, and market research expert behind Unity Marketing. She specializes in studying the world’s most influential consumers, the HENRYs (which stands for High Earning Not Rich Yet). We talked about women and consumerism and the rise of the HENRY phenomenon.

Follow Pamela’s thoughts in her weekly column for Forbes and the Robin Report.

You can also hear this podcast on Soundcloud and iTunes.

Our next guest on PGG will be Shelley Kleyn Armistead, the CEO at Gjelina, a food group in LA famous for revitalizing the Venice food scene.


Notes On A Changing Art Market, Rachel Uffner, Podcast #167

Rachel Uffner is the woman and brain behind New York’s Rachel Uffner Gallery. Since opening a shop in 2008 in the Lower East Side, she has grown and expanded her gallery, discovering some major female-identifying artists! We talked about the challenges of running a mid-size artist-focused art gallery and the evolution of the art market in the pandemic and post-pandemic era.

You can also listen on Soundcloud and iTunes.

To learn more about Rachel Uffner, you can visit the gallery’s website

Our next guest on PGG will be Pamela Danzinger, the speaker, author, and market researcher expert specializing in studying the world’s most influential consumers, the HENRYs (which stands for High Earning Not Rich Yet).


Breaking the Taboo, Catherine Balsam-Schwaber, Podcast #166

Catherine Balsam Schwaber is the CEO of Kindra, a new direct-to-consumer company that focuses on accompanying women through menopause and breaking the taboo.
Her career has spanned across the corporate media sector before diving into entrepreneurship with Kindra. We talked about the challenges of launching a feminist direct-to-consumer brand in the pandemic age, creating a new CPG category, and lessons learned along the way.

You can also listen on Soundcloud and iTunes.

To learn more about Kindra, please visit the website.

Our next guest on PGG will be Rachel Uffner, the woman and brain behind New York’s Rachel Uffner Gallery!


Reclaiming Your Community, Majora Carter, Podcast # 165

I’m delighted to welcome Majora Carter, author of Reclaiming Your Community: You Don’t Have to Move Out of Your Neighborhood to Live in a Better One, which came out just this week!

Majora Carter is a real estate developer, urban revitalization expert, award-winning broadcaster, and author. Her career has spanned across the public and the private sector, creating and successfully implementing numerous economic developments, technology & green infrastructure projects. We talked about her new book, her career, and lessons learned along the way.

Please visit her website and read her book to learn more about Majora.

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

Our next guest on PGG will be Catherine Balsam Schwaber, the CEO of Kindra. This new direct-to-consumer company focuses on accompanying women through menopause and breaking the taboo.


Renewal, Anne-Marie Slaughter, Podcast #164

Ann-Marie Slaughter is an American international lawyer, foreign policy analyst, writer, political scientist, public commentator, and the head of the think tank New America. Her career has spanned different policy work areas, from three decades in academia to public service to running a prominent think tank. We talked about her newest book, her career, and lessons learned along the way.

I always enjoy talking to Anne-Marie. I have known her for many years and the conversation always flows easily.

You can also listen on iTunes and Soundcloud.


To learn more about New America, please visit their website.


Our next guest on PGG will be Majora Carter, the real estate developer, urban revitalization expert, award-winning broadcaster, and author.


Knowing What’s in the Seed, Podcast #163, Eleanor Kuntz and Kerin Law

Eleanor Kuntz and Kerin Law are the co-founders of LeafWorks, a botanical identification company that does DNA sequencing for cannabis. As the Cannabis industry is going through an unprecedented wave of growth and recreational use of the plant is slowly getting legalized throughout the country, new challenges emerge, ranging from safety and fraud prevention to modern breeding techniques.

Leafworks is positioning itself as a DNA testing company FROM the cannabis community, hoping to build a better botanical word. We talked about their unique entrepreneurial journey and lessons learned navigating the world of the cannabis industry.

I truly enjoyed talking to these sharp women and yes there is a baby in the background. Zoom allows. A topic near and dear to my heart. You can also listen on Soundcloud and iTunes.

To learn more about Leafworks, please visit their website.


Our next guest on PGG will be Anne Marie Slaughter, the writer, political scientist, and head of New America’s Think Tank.


All Things Food, Alison Roman, Podcast #162

Alison Roman is a chef, cookbook author, and YouTube personality. Her career has spanned across various areas of the food industry, from the kitchens of high-end restaurants to food magazines. Known for her accessible writing style and warm cooking approach, Alison has empowered many of her readers to become home chefs. We talked about her journey of finding her voice through the food world and lessons learned along the way.


Please visit her website and sign up for her newsletter to learn more about Alison Roman.

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


Our next guest on PGG will be Eleanor Kuntz and Kerin Law to talk about their company LeafWorks, a botanical identification company that does DNA sequencing for cannabis.


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.