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Episode 68: Every Woman Has a Story - Christina Asquith, The Fuller Project

An award-winning journalist for over 14 years, Christina Asquith has written for The New York Times, The Economist, The Christian Science Monitor, The Guardian and was a staff writer at The Philadelphia Inquirer. Her book, “Sisters in War: Love, Survival and Family in the New Iraq” is based off of the 18 months she lived in and reported from Baghdad, Iraq. Christina and I sat down to talk about her very impressive career, and how she managed to carve a space for women’s stories long before...


Episode 67: The Art of Stamina - Tanja Hollander, Are You Really My Friend?

Tanja Hollander is an artist who works with photography, video, social media and data to understand cultural and visual relationships. Her largest and most noteworthy project to date, ‘Are you really my friend?’ debuted in its entirety as an exhibition, short documentary, and book for a year at MASS MoCA in 2017. Tanja and I talked about the enormous undertaking that this project became and how she’s found the stamina to keep making work.


Episode 66: Nothing Based on Fear - Larissa Thompson & Sarah Bryden-Brown, ONDA

Larissa Thompson and Sarah Bryden-Brown are two of three powerhouse women behind ONDA -- an online retail and brick-and-mortar store that serves as the go-to authority on natural beauty in the marketplace. I sat down with Larissa and Sarah this week to talk about how they met, and what’s made their venture such a success.


Episode 65: Leading with What You Love - Sharon Kazan Harris, Rarecat Wines

While spending many years working in executive positions in publishing, advertising, technology, and a tech investing, Sharon Kazan Harris’s dream of working in the wine industry was ever present. Today, she is the sole owner and Director of Winemaking for RARECAT Wines. Sharon shared with me everything from how she fell in love with wine, to how she uses one passion project to fuel another: her mission to empower women across the united states & beyond.


Episode 64: Branding In Unexpected Places - Archie Gottesman, Jewbelong.com

If you’ve never heard of Archie Gottesman but have lived in or visited New York - you are familiar with her work. For 20 years, she was the voice behind Manhattan Mini Storage’s iconic, hilarious billboard and subway ads. Now she’s applying her prolific branding acumen to something desperately in need of a marketing re-boot- Judaism. Her website, Jewbelong.com aims to reconnect disengaged Jews with fresh and fun ideas for living your best Jewish life. Music edited from 'Something Elated'...


Episode 63: Producing Is Problem Solving - Peggy Rajski

Peggy Rajski is an Academy Award-winning filmmaker who’s produced over a dozen feature films, directed an Oscar winning short, and garnered more than 40 major award nominations along the way. Her directorial debut TREVOR, a poignant comedy about a musical-theater-obsessed 13 year old boy whose world is turned upside down when word spreads at school that he’s gay led to the creation of The Trevor Project, a pioneering nonprofit organization she founded that is the country’s leading provider...


Episode 62: Your Business is the Journey - Loren Brill, Sweet Loren's

This week on the podcast we have Loren Brill, Founder & CEO of Sweet Loren's, a cookie dough company founded on the promise of irresistible taste and natural, better-for-you ingredients. Beating cancer at a young age, Loren made it her mission to eliminate processed foods from her diet and live life to the fullest. Loren and I sat down to talk about the challenges of building a brand, breaking into the commercial food space, and some of the incredible lessons she’s learned along the way....


Episode 61: Trailblazing the Restaurant Scene - Clare de Boer, Jess Shadbolt, & Annie Shi, KING

Clare de Boer, Jess Shadbolt, and Annie Shi are the three entrepreneurs behind King, an amazing restaurant here in the West Village of NYC, on King Street. The trio sat down with me this week to talk about how they met, what inspired and paved the way for their amazing and ambitious restaurant venture, and how they plan to support the next generation of women restaurateurs. Music edited from 'Something Elated' by Broke For Free. freemusicarchive.org/music/Broke_Fo…mething_Elated From the...


Episode 60: Working in Regenerative Technology - Stacy Flynn, Evrnu

Stacy Flynn is the co-founder and CEO of Evrnu - a textile company that recycles discarded cotton garments to create premium, renewable fibers that are tackling the rampant pollution and labor exploitation issues in the current fast-fashion market. She is actively reinventing the textile and apparel business model to preserve the future of apparel. Stacy and I talked about everything from polyester to LED light bulbs and the lessons learned in between. Music edited from 'Something Elated'...


Episode 59: Passionately Curious - Christina Tosi, Momofuku Milk Bar - Part 2 of 2

You may know Christina Tosi from the judges panel of MasterChef and MasterChef junior, but she’s also a savvy businesswoman whose relentless passion for baking took her all the way from assembling triple layer cheesecakes in high school, to opening her very own bakery with David Chang called Momofuku Milk Bar. This week, Christina and I dissected what it took to launch Milk Bar, and how she went about building her business into the empire it is today. Music edited from 'Something Elated'...


Episode 58: Relentless Pursuit - Christina Tosi, Momofuku Milk Bar - Part 1 of 2

We’re kicking off our return from Gotham Gal Spring Break with a TWO PART episode featuring Christina Tosi. You may know Christina from the judges panel of MasterChef and MasterChef junior, but she’s also a savvy businesswoman whose relentless passion for baking took her all the way from assembling triple layer cheesecakes in high school, to opening her very own bakery with David Chang called Momofuku Milk Bar. In this episode, Christina and I sat down and picked apart her steps toward...


Episode 57: There Are No Shortcuts - Courtney Gould, SmartyPants Vitamins

Courtney Nichols Gould is the Co-Founder/Co-CEO of SmartyPants Vitamins, the leading maker of premium comprehensive supplements, committed to bringing more health to more people every day. Courtney got her start working as an apprentice to the board of directors at GM, and went on to work as the COO for numerous tech and web startup companies before embarking on her own entrepreneurial venture. Courtney and I talked about a ton of great topics, listen carefully if you’re interested in a...


Episode 55: Making a Business out of Making Connections - Dana Astrow, ARC

Dana Astrow has been influencing the landscape of creativity in the brand marketing and advertising/film production community since her early beginnings in the industry. Since launching ARC, Dana has successfully and nearly single-handedly filled a definitive niche as a creative recruiter who connects the makers behind some of the most effective top-level content being produced today. Dana and I sat down for some real talk about how she’s had to make not one, or two, but three big leaps in...


Episode 54: Embracing the Unknown - Jessica Koslow

Jessica Koslow is the owner and chef of SQIRL, one of L.A.’s most popular cafes that has led to a cookbook, a jam company, a popup venture in New York City, and soon enough, a much-anticipated second location on L.A.’s West Side. Jessica and I sat down and talked a lot about a question that comes up for many entrepreneurs: ‘how do you make that big leap out of security, and into starting your business?’ Music edited from 'Something Elated' by Broke For Free....


Episode 53: Stop Apologizing for Being Women - Lizzie Francis & Kara Weber

Lizzie Francis and Kara Weber are the Founding duo behind Brilliant Ventures. Their serial entrepreneurial credentials, amplified by a network of go-to-market experts with skin in the game, and a second proprietary network of the most accomplished, amazing and connected women in LA, make for the perfect set of assets to this investment firm. Lizzie and Kara really attribute their success to their fantastic partnership. They told me all about how they met, and what prompted them to quit...


Episode 52: Marrying Market with a Mission - Jessamyn Waldman

Jessamyn Waldman Rodriguez is the founder and CEO of Hot Bread Kitchen, a social enterprise that creates professional opportunities for low-income and immigrant women. Their line of multi-ethnic breads is inspired by the bakers who make them. Before Hot Bread Kitchen launched, Jessamyn carved her path toward entrepreneurship by utilizing every resource possible, from her roommate’s computer to government grants -- definitely a crash course in making what you’ve got work for you. Music...


Episode 51: Can STORY Reinvent Retail? - Rachel Shechtman

Rachel Shechtman is the founder of STORY, a retail concept in New York City that has the point of view of a magazine, changes like a gallery, and sells things like a store. Rachel’s journey to create STORY was informed by a successful 10-year career as a consultant, and a chance encounter that unearthed ‘the startup she never started,’ prompting her to finally make the leap into starting the business she’d been dreaming about since college. You’d think that after much waiting and...


Episode 50: Sticking to What Feels Right - Amanda Eilian

This week's episode features Amanda Eilian, Co-Founder & President of Videolicious -- a video creation service for enterprise businesses and companies. Amanda and I talked about her early days as a teenage radio host, her transition into investment banking, and what led her to starting Videolicious in the first place. Most interesting, perhaps, is that Amanda and her co-founder ignored a lot of early advice they received about what direction they should take their company in -- and it paid...


Episode 49: Design That Speaks to a Rising Tide - Rachel Berks

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. Music edited from 'Something Elated' by Broke For Free. freemusicarchive.org/music/Broke_Fo…mething_Elated From the Free Music Archive. CC Attribution 3.0...


Episode 47: Conquering the New York Restaurant Scene - Victoria Freeman

Victoria Freeman has had a successful career as a New York City restaurateur for decades -- a feat in and of itself. 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. Music edited from 'Something Elated' by Broke For Free....