Liz Diller, Building for an Unknowable Future, Podcast #142

Liz Diller is a multidisciplinary architect, and the co-founder of Diller Scofidio + Renfro. We got together over zoom to discuss her unique journey towards a practice focused on building forward-thinking public spaces and cultural institutions. To learn more about Liz’s work, you can visit her website at

You can also listen to on Soundcloud here or iTunes here.

Nicole Hockley, Forced to Change, Podcast #141

Nicole Hockley is the co-founder and managing director of Sandy Hook Promise, and mother of Dylan, who was killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy on 12/14/12.

We got together over zoom to talk about her personal journey from tragedy to activism, and the impact the organization is making using research-based methodology, education, and technology.

To find out more about Sandy Hook Promise, you can visit their website at, and make “The Promise” to protect kids.

You can listen to this on Soundcloud and ITunes too.

A Very Cloudy 2020, Michelle Zatlyn, Podcast #140

Michelle Zatlyn is the co-founder and COO of CloudFlare, a cybersecurity company working to make our internet faster, safer, and more reliable.

We got together over zoom to discuss her journey as a founder, and the future of cybersecurity in a post covid world.

You can also listen to this on Soundcloud , iTunes and Spotify.

Online Learning for Better Teaching, Jelena Kovacevic, Podcast # 139

Jelena Kovacevic, a scientist, researcher, and, most importantly, a driven educator, is the first woman Dean of the NYU Tandon School of Engineering.

We got together over zoom to discuss the future of education in a post covid world, and the ways in which Jelena is changing Tandon to make STEM fields more attractive, approachable, and inclusive especially for women.

If you’d like to learn more about Tandon, you can visit the website here.

You can listen to this on Soundcloud and iTunes.

Reimagining New York, Maya Wiley, Podcast #138

Maya Wiley is a civil rights activist and scholar who has dedicated her career to fighting against structural racism.We got together over zoom, to talk about her candidacy for the upcoming mayoral elections.

If you’d like to learn more about her campaign, you can visit her website.

You can also listen to this on Soundcloud and iTunes.

Breaking the Ivory Tower, Diana Florence, Podcast #137

Diana Florence has dedicated her entire career to public service, beginning as a prosecutor in the Manhattan’s DA 25 years ago.

We got together over zoom, to talk about her candidacy for the upcoming DA elections, and her plans to reform the office to better serve the people of New York.

You can also listen to this on Soundcloud and iTunes.

And if you like what you hear, you can give to Diana’s campaign. DA’s have to raise money to run too.

Skeletons Out of The Closet, Sharleen Ernster, Podcast#136

Sharleen Ernster is the founder and CEO of We Are HAH, a company pioneering sustainable fashion in intimate apparel and redefining sexy for a new generation of women.

I sat down with Sharleen in the pre-covid days, and we talked about her many years of experience as a fashion executive and the reasons that led her to launch her own company. A couple of weeks after, our reality as we know it completely changed. So, we decided to revisit our conversation and talk about how the pandemic has impacted her life & business.

You can listen to this on Soundcloud here and iTunes here.

If You Can’t See It, You Can’t Be It, Debbie Berebichez, Podcast # 135

Debbie Berebichez is a physicist and data scientist who dedicates her life to fostering women’s careers in STEM.
Debbie and I got together over zoom to talk about her journey, and her experience as a woman in one of the most male dominated fields of academia.

You can listen to this above on YouTube or on Itunes or Soundcloud.

City As An Organism, Alicia Glen, Podcast # 134

Alicia Glen is the Founder & Managing Principal at MSquared, a nationwide real estate development and investment platform building the next generation of mixed-use, mixed-income projects in rapidly evolving cities.

Alicia is a nationally recognized expert in urban development, infrastructure finance, job creation and housing policy. She’s worked both in the public and private sectors creating and implementing innovative solutions to enable cities to evolve and grow equitably. 

Alicia and I got together over zoom to talk about the role of cities, and how to rebuild cities in a post COVID world.

You can listen to this on Itunes here

Soundcloud here.

and YouTube here.

There’s So Many Talented Black Women Out There, Stephanie Caudle, Podcast #133

Stephanie Caudle is the owner and founder of Black Girl Group, an online freelance marketplace that connects African American women freelance creatives to companies seeking to market and advertise to African American consumers. Stephanie and I got together over zoom to talk about how her company came to be, and the future of freelance in a post-COVID world.

You can hear this on iTunes here. And Soundcloud here.

We are getting back to the podcast world. Working on new concepts and conversations coming to you soon.

A Conversation Around Investment and Consumer Brands – Amanda Schutzbank and Deborah Benton, Willow Growth Partners, Podcast #132

Amanda Schutzbank and Deborah Benton are the team behind Willow Growth Partners. Willow provides early growth capital to entrepreneurs building transformative consumer brands and the disruptive technologies that power them. I sat down with Amanda and Deborah pre-COVID and we talked all about the future of consumer brands, investments from the entrepreneurial perspective, and the thesis that brought them together.

Although this was a pre-COVID conversation, the thesis behind Willow and the conversations we had, confirms that they were always on the right path about consumer brands.

You can watch it on YouTube or listen on Soundcloud or Itunes here.

Fixing the Housing Crisis – Alexandria Lafci, Podcast# 131

I sat down with Alexandria Lafci, COO and Co-founder of New Story Charity, pre-Corona. Our conversation is even more relevant today. Seeing myself before the lockdown reminds me how much time has passed. Shorter hair and no sweat pants!

After Covid-19 hit our streets, NewsStoryCharity launched

The Neighborhood: their response to support the most vulnerable families in the US who have lost their income due to COVID. The goal is to ensure they don’t lose their homes, too.

It’s essentially a subscription program for monthly donors to help pay rent for the most vulnerable Americans so that they don’t become homeless. They hope to scale it to thousands of monthly supporters and match them with the best local orgs working on this. Attached is an overview.

If you are intrigued after listening you can do the following.

  1. Sign up / donate as a member of The Neighborhood
    • monthly donations – 100% towards preventing at-risk families from becoming homeless due to losing their jobs 
  2. Be a champion of the program by sharing os social and your network.

You can listen to us here. Or here.