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.

Stress Management & Mindfulness: Will Lessons Learned from Covid-19 Change Startup Culture for Good?

This week, I got together with Kathleen Stetson, CEO, and coach, to talk over Zoom about stress. Stress is a big part of every entrepreneur’s life, and even more so since the COVID-19 pandemic hit us. Kathleen and I chatted about her history with a failed startup, and how that informed her current views on work, entrepreneurship, and mindfulness.

You can listen to this on iTunes here.

All About Food in the Age of Covid

In this current moment, with the COVID-19 pandemic taking over everything in our lives, the one thing at the top of everyone’s mind seems to be food. I sat down to talk about this major topic with my good friend Dana Cowin,

In this current moment, with the COVID-19 pandemic taking over everything in our lives, the one thing at the top of everyone’s mind seems to be food. I sat down to talk about this major topic with my good friend Dana Cowin, listen to her on Speaking Broadly, for inspiration on life, career and beyond, on Heritage Radio NetworkiTunesStitcher & She is an editor, author, radio show host and possibly best known for her two decades as the Editor-in-Chief of Food & Wine.

Dana and I met over zoom to discuss food in the age of coronavirus, what’s changed, what’s remained, and what we see happening in the future. We could have talked forever.

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

We Did It All and We’re Not Done; a frank conversation about women and aging in the 21st century

Today’s “older” woman is not your mother’s “older” woman. So what’s changed and what is the trail we plan to blaze in what was formerly referred to as our ‘golden years’?

In episode 128, Susan Feldman, co-founder and visionary behind One Kings Lane and the Founder and CEO of In The Groove, sat down with me for my very first video-recorded podcast to talk all about aging, and the effects it does and doesn’t have on us as women and entrepreneurs.

Keep in mind this was done pre-coronavirus insanity. It is such a great conversation that we decided to share anyway and hopefully lift your day.

You can listen to this on iTunes here too. YouTube is above or here.

Building Organically – Rachelle Hruska, Podcast #127

Rachelle Hruska is the co-founder and CEO of Guest of a Guest and Lingua Franca. The first time I met Rachelle she was pregnant with her first child, now the mother of two young boys and a blossoming business is not surprising. She is smart, driven and absolutely wakes up every day with a carpe diem attitude.

FYI – Rachelle just launched a bath and candle too!

You can listen to it on iTunes here

Designing a Better Product, Jacquelyn De Jesu, Podcast #136

Jacquelyn De Jesu is the Founder, CEO, and Inventor of SHHHOWERCAP, a company that has turned the simple shower cap into a design-oriented, reusable, and chic item for everyday use. We talk about how she bootstrapped her company to where it is today.

You can listen to this on iTunes here.