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Sheventures is about women who take risks, build community, and get it done! Each interview-style episode will feature an inspirational, no holds barred story of the trials, pivots, and reality of being a trailblazing woman. Get ready to listen, be inspired, and take action.

Sheventures is about women who take risks, build community, and get it done! Each interview-style episode will feature an inspirational, no holds barred story of the trials, pivots, and reality of being a trailblazing woman. Get ready to listen, be inspired, and take action.
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Sheventures is about women who take risks, build community, and get it done! Each interview-style episode will feature an inspirational, no holds barred story of the trials, pivots, and reality of being a trailblazing woman. Get ready to listen, be inspired, and take action.






Shaping the Future #GirlBoss With Laura Rebell Gross

Laura Rebell Gross’s parents instilled female empowerment in her from a young age. Now she is shaping the lives of countless underserved, low-income young women as the Managing Director of Girls’ Education at Student Leadership Network, overseeing five all-girls public schools (The Young Women’s Leadership Schools) in NYC and 15 affiliate schools nationally. Listen as she talks about female-focused events, Oprah Winfrey and Michelle Obama, and what she has learned from her students.


What’s on Your Vagenda? With Tara Langdale-Schmidt

Tara Langdale-Schmidt is no stranger to pain. When sex became impossible for her and her then-fiancé, and doctors were flummoxed, Langdale-Schmidt knew she had to take matters into her own hands. Find out how she created, tested and brought her sexual therapy product to market on this episode of SheVentures.


Grammys, Entrepreneurship, and All That Jazz With Lydia Liebman

Imagine representing not one, but two consecutive Grammy-nominated (including one Grammy winner) clients before you even hit 30? For Lydia Liebman, that became a reality this year when she saw herself at the Grammys for the second year in a row. Born to two successful musicians, Liebman was immersed in the jazz scene from the get-go. She took jazz vocal lessons at age 10, but quickly realized that a life working her magic behind the scenes was more up her alley. Liebman began her PR career...


The Scent of Success With D’Shawn Russell

Growing up in Durham, North Carolina, D’Shawn Russell was no stranger to racial tensions and prejudices. Her great-grandmother and grandmother were huge influences on her life, and she still applies their values to her business today. After a 22-year stint as a math teacher, Russell realized it wasn’t the path she was meant to embrace. So she did what many of us wish we could do: She turned her hobby into her full-time job. Russell founded Southern Elegance Candle Company — where candles...


Financial Literacy: Breaking Barriers in High Schools With Talitha Oliveri

It’s Financial Literacy Month, and national student loan debt has reached a menacing $1.6 trillion. Yep. Trillion. Talitha Oliveri, businesswoman turned high school teacher, is seeking to combat the debt culture that is so prevalent in the U.S. today. How? By providing stellar financial literacy education at her school in Hopedale, Massachusetts. With 20 years of experience under her belt, Oliveri has seen it all, and realizes that sharing her personal experience with finance growing up is...


Invest for College in 5 Minutes Flat, With Ksenia Yudina

Let’s face it. With a $1.6 trillion national student loan debt issue, it’s no wonder parents want to know how to save for their kids’ education. Enter Ksenia Yudina, who has created an app called U-Nest, which simplifies the college savings process. Originally from Russia, Yudina is a certified financial planner with an MBA from the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA) and a mom of three. Her mission is to raise financial literacy by making saving for college as easy as...


Girls Who STEM, With Sarita Menon, Ph.D.

Tired of the lack of female role models in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) field, Sarita Menon, Ph.D. in cancer biology, decided to take matters into her own hands. With a multitude of amazing women in the sciences, Menon is featuring them on a platform where science doesn’t normally shine — glossy magazines. Smore, a bimonthly glossy for girls aged 7-12, features promising female scientists on the cover and throughout. Her inspiration? After arriving in the U.S. from...


The Cost of Being Queer With Cait Howerton

Finance often has a way of controlling our lives, whether we want it to or not. But what if you were already two steps behind before the financial race began? Cait Howerton, financial coach and CFP candidate, turned her “mess” into her “message,” and is speaking openly about the pitfalls that the LGBTQ+ community faces in the financial sphere. Howerton, who talks in detail of her difficulties coming out to her family, is channeling her experiences into knowledge and leadership for the...


Beating Cancer One Step at a Time With Sally Kalksma

After losing her husband to cancer around the same time she herself was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, an incurable blood cancer, you might think a woman left to raise three teenagers on her own would crumble. But Sally Kalksma took her anger out on, well, stairs. She channeled her emotions into stair-climbing competitions, racing up some of the world’s most notable buildings like the Empire State and the Eiffel Tower. She is also writing a book called Life Gets in the Way about her...


Don’t Ask for Permission With Karmel Larson

Only 2 percent of women secure venture capital, but this mother of eight recently raised a cool $1.75 million. What gives? Larson takes a seat at the head of the table when pitching her business, knowing that no one knows it better than her. She is passionate, business-minded, and a great reminder that women do not have to ask for permission. Larson’s app, Momni — the Airbnb and Uber for child care — is empowering women all over the globe. For more information, visit the show notes at...


From Sex Trafficking to Entrepreneurship — Crushing Gender Inequality With Pamela Nathenson

What better way to celebrate International Women’s Day than with an in-depth look at a woman who is tirelessly working to improve women’s lives globally? Pamela Nathanson and her dedication to helping women and girls across the globe is an inspiration. As executive director of World Connect, Nathanson and her team focus on issues ranging from sex trafficking to entrepreneurship. Each project has the goal of making these communities self-sustaining. One of World Connect’s projects in Rwanda...


Bake Off Has Nothing on Erin Chase

What started as a personal, fun side blog for math and science teacher Erin Chase skyrocketed to a multifaceted digital brand that garnered 2 million users after it went viral. $5 Dinners, Chase’s brainchild, started in 2008 and stemmed from the overwhelming urge to coupon everything after she returned from living in the Dominican Republic for many years doing missionary work. The blog’s popularity took off in response to the world financial crisis at the time, and Chase has been working...


Former Miss NY Shatters Stereotype That Beauty and Brains Can’t Coexist - Iman Oubou

After immigrating to the U.S. from Morocco as a teenager, Iman Oubou had to learn not only a new language, but also a new culture. She quickly adapted and went on to earn degrees in biochemistry and biomedical engineering, as well as to become Miss New York. When a pageant judge asked her if she’d rather have beauty or brains, it spurred Oubou’s entrepreneurial spirit. Fast forward to today, and Oubou is cultivating an online community, Swaay, for women to celebrate prowess in business and...


13 Careers and Counting — How Did Dr. Dallas Do It All?

Running up the hills by her grandparents’ place in Alabama started an illustrious if almost unbelievable career for Renette Dallas, N.D. She’s a naturopath who has earned a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering, competed in bodybuilding competitions, joined the U.S. Air Force, become a certified fitness trainer, earned a doctorate in naturopathy, studied raw food preparation, and become a motivational speaker and author. It’s hard to believe one woman managed to fit this all into one...


Teenage Beauty Maven Zandra & Momager Tamara Cunningham on Building a Business

When her dad said “no” to buying her lip balm, 9-year-old Zandra Cunningham said “yes.” She decided to make her own lip balm instead, and eight years later at the age of 17, she was named 2017’s Small Business Award Young Entrepreneur of the Year for her company Zandra Beauty. Zandra is now 19, and her beauty brand is a leading plant-based social good company that inspires young women around the globe and earned over $1million in revenue in 2018. None of this would have been possible...


Olympic Gold Medallist Lauryn Williams Helps Her Clients Cross the Financial Finish Line

In 2014, four-time Olympian Lauryn Williams became the first American woman to win medals in both the summer and the winter Olympics. While she began in track and field, an injury sidelined her, and a chance encounter led to a silver medal in bobsledding. As lucrative endorsements started racing in, the then 20-year-old realized that she lacked the knowledge to make informed financial decisions. Now she wields her experience to coach athletes as a kick-ass financial planner with an MBA and...


Prison Inmates Learn Personal Finance Thanks to Becky MacDicken

After 16 years working for Congress in Washington as a communications director and lobbyist for small businesses, Becky MacDicken finally realized what she wanted to be when she grew up. A chance job offer based in Pennsylvania led to the discovery of her passion for teaching financial literacy to prison inmates and the disabled community. Now, having touched over 10,000 lives with her classes, MacDicken continues to spread the good financial word all across the state. For more...


Marjorie K. Eastman Shrugged Off Sexism and Rose to U.S. Army Commander

Across all branches of the U.S. military, only 14 percent of active service members are women. Veteran, mother, and entrepreneur, Marjorie K. Eastman is a marvel who wants to change that number. Her book, The Frontline Generation, was the first of its kind to define post-9/11 service and leadership and what it means for this country. After 10 years in the military, Eastman’s journey is far from over. She’s now involved with Bunker Labs, a nonprofit network for veteran entrepreneurs that...


Yi-Hsian Godfrey Ditches 9 to 5 to Disrupt Home-Care Recruitment

Former American Express marketing executive Yi-Hsian Godfrey yearned to create a business that would help ease the all too common struggle with work-life balance. Godfrey co-founded Apiari — a play on the word apiary, or beehive — an AI-driven home-care “colony” that offers vetted, experienced part-time housekeeping and childcare help for parents. Yi-Hsian and her co-founders built an online matching platform that eliminates the time and stress of interviewing countless candidates for...


Jen Groover Overcame Childhood Trauma to Build a Business Empire

Jen Groover’s been through it all and has the emotional growth to prove it. Rather than letting her troubled childhood with an abusive, alcoholic father defeat her, she used it to shape her view of life, business, and finances. A motivational speaker, author, and entrepreneur, Groover is a strong advocate for human potential, as well as for the success of women. Complete organ failure at 26 from overexertion made her realize how negative patterns were harming her. Listen to the way she...