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theSkimm's co-founders and co-CEOs, Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg, started their company from a couch. Now they’re bringing it back to one, and inviting powerful female leaders to sit down and chat about everything from celebrating career wins to the worst advice they've ever received. It’s an inside look at what it’s really like on the road to success. No BS, no sugarcoating.

theSkimm's co-founders and co-CEOs, Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg, started their company from a couch. Now they’re bringing it back to one, and inviting powerful female leaders to sit down and chat about everything from celebrating career wins to the worst advice they've ever received. It’s an inside look at what it’s really like on the road to success. No BS, no sugarcoating.

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theSkimm's co-founders and co-CEOs, Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg, started their company from a couch. Now they’re bringing it back to one, and inviting powerful female leaders to sit down and chat about everything from celebrating career wins to the worst advice they've ever received. It’s an inside look at what it’s really like on the road to success. No BS, no sugarcoating.

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English


Episodes

Abby Wambach (rebroadcast): "If you're not a good leader on the bench, you cannot call yourself a good leader on the field."

6/8/2021
This week, we're throwing it back to one of our favorite episodes from last year, with Olympian and soccer star Abby Wambach. Abby knows a thing or two about winning a gold medal - she actually won two while she played for the US Women’s National Team. And the soccer star hasn’t slowed down in retirement. She’s now a bestselling author and an equal pay activist. In this episode, Abby shares what it was like to play with her idols, including Mia Hamm, how she’s developed her leadership style...

Duration:00:42:12

Whembley Sewell, editor-in-chief, them: "The more informed you are, the more you read, the more you actually engage with the issues…makes you that much better of a friend or a part of someone's community.

6/1/2021
Whembley Sewell is the youngest editor at a Condé Nast publication. And she’s the EIC of its newest publication, them. And when you’re the youngest at the newest, cue: pressure. But Whembley told us she doesn’t let the challenges of the job get to her because she stays focused on them’s mission of celebrating the stories and voices of the LGBTQ+ community. In this episode, Whembley shares how to create meaningful relationships with an audience, her advice for fostering an inclusive work...

Duration:00:30:38

Ayesha Curry, cookbook author, entrepreneur: "There are always ways to educate yourself."

5/25/2021
Once Ayesha Curry’s family started expanding, so did her culinary career. Ayesha built her brand one blog post and YouTube video at a time. And now: she’s one of the most recognized personalities in the food world (think: multiple cookbooks, a magazine, and a foundation to end childhood hunger). This week, Ayesha sat down with us to tell us how she found her career calling after she became a parent. In this episode, Ayesha shares how she taught herself about business, why she emphasizes...

Duration:00:25:35

Stacey Abrams: "The first time I realized that I wanted more than I was supposed to want it was both terrifying and it was so freeing."

5/18/2021
Whether it’s getting that promotion or starting your own business, it can be intimidating to map out your career goals. But this week, Stacey Abrams told us to try one simple approach: write it down. The voting rights activist, politician, and author has a lot on her plate at any given time, from getting out the vote to writing romance novels. And she keeps her eye on the prize...literally keeping a spreadsheet. Tune in to hear her tips on how to stay focused on your goals. And why being...

Duration:00:37:31

Kendra Scott, founder, Kendra Scott: “You have to be brave enough to get up and go for it because it's not just going to come to you.”

5/11/2021
Kendra Scott built her jewelry brand (also called Kendra Scott) with a $500 dollar investment out of a spare bedroom in her house. And now, it’s a billion dollar business. That didn’t just happen overnight. In this special live (on Zoom) episode, Kendra told us how she’s been able to turn her biggest failures into her greatest successes. And how she turns a 'no' into a 'yes.' In this episode, Kendra shares where her resilience comes from, how her relationship with money has changed, and her...

Duration:00:31:52

Mother’s Day Special with Reshma Saujani, founder of Girls Who Code and leader, the Marshall Plan for Moms

5/4/2021
Welcome to our special Mother’s Day episode. Skimm’d from the Couch is a career podcast...and we can’t talk about work and career without talking about how that changes when you become a parent. This past year has also created new challenges for working moms, while exacerbating existing ones. Which, PS: often go unrecognized. So we wanted to know: what can we do about it? To get some answers, we invited Reshma Saujani back on the show. She’s the founder of Girls Who Code, the leader of the...

Duration:00:33:12

Cindy McCain: "All of a sudden the people are gone, the food that everyone dropped off is gone, and you're alone in the house. And that's where you learn what strength is."

4/27/2021
Cindy McCain’s life has been in the American political spotlight for four decades. Her late husband, Senator John McCain, was elected for six terms in the Senate. And he ran for president twice. Cindy was by his side for all of it. But before the White House races and the political spotlight, Cindy was a 20-something from Arizona who had to find her strength as a newbie in DC. And in 2018, she had to tap into her strength again in the face of personal tragedy. In this episode, Cindy shares...

Duration:00:35:52

Mayor Aja Brown, mayor of Compton: "Sometimes people judge you based on where they were at your age."

4/20/2021
At the age of 31, Aja Brown made history when she became the youngest mayor ever elected in the city of Compton. But when she was first running, people said, “Are you even old enough to be mayor?” Well, it turns out age really is just a number. Mayor Brown was one of the most qualified people to ever run and win that office. And now she’s basically the CEO...of a city. This week, we asked Mayor Brown for her best management tips (think: don’t micromanage) that she’s learned over her two...

Duration:00:24:30

Bela Bajaria, head of global TV, Netflix: "My job is not who I am. [Or] so I thought. Until you don't have that job."

4/13/2021
Bela Bajaria is the woman who makes the decisions about what’s going to be your next binge-watch. She’s the head of global TV for Netflix, and has helped bring some of our favorite shows, like “The Queen’s Gambit” and “Bridgerton” from the page to the screen. So how’d she actually get her dream job? Perseverance. Because she started as an assistant…and now she’s here. And btw, she also lost a job along the way. This week, she sat down to tell us how you can still get the Hollywood ending for...

Duration:00:30:02

Diane von Furstenberg, chairman and founder of Diane von Furstenberg: "The most important relationship in life is the one you have with yourself."

4/7/2021
Diane von Furstenberg (aka DVF) knows the secret to a long and successful career. Hint: it’s reinvention. She’s been in the fashion business since the 1970s. But she’s changed her direction, and her brand, more than a few times. This week, DVF joined us to tell us how to embrace change (even when it’s hard) so you can be the designer...of your own life. In this episode, DVF shares how she deals with fear, why you should own your vulnerability at work, and how she’s embracing change during...

Duration:00:26:37

Dr. Laura Forese, COO, New York Presbyterian: "People were scared. And it was on me and the rest of the leadership team to say 'We’re going to be here with you.'"

3/30/2021
Welcome to our Women’s History Month series on Skimm’d from the Couch - where we’re bringing you the women who made history this past year. Meet: Dr. Laura Forese. Dr. Forese is the COO of New York Presbyterian, one of the largest not-for-profit hospital networks in the country. And one that’s been instrumental in caring for COVID-19 patients. Also under her leadership, the hospital rolled out a comprehensive paid parental leave plan that includes extended leave for up to six months and...

Duration:00:35:15

Dara Treseder, SVP, Head of Global Marketing and Communications, Peloton: "When you first start [a new] job, take the time to invest in people and build relationships."

3/23/2021
Welcome to our Women’s History Month series on Skimm’d from the Couch - where we’re bringing you the women who made history this past year. Meet: Dara Treseder. She’s the head of global marketing for Peloton — a brand that’s made at-home fitness viral during the pandemic. Case in point: Its membership has more than doubled in the last year. But this isn’t Dara’s first ride. She’s also got GE, Apple, and Goldman Sachs on her resume. So basically she’s at the top of the leaderboard. In this...

Duration:00:35:47

Dr. Kathrin Jansen, Head of Vaccine Research, Pfizer: "I did not think about failure. I did not think about success. All I thought about is we have to come up with something that stops this pandemic."

3/16/2021
Welcome to our Women’s History Month series on Skimm’d from the Couch - where we’re bringing you the women who made history this past year. Meet: Dr. Kathrin Jansen. Dr. Jansen is the head of vaccine research at Pfizer. So she literally helped develop the COVID-19 vaccine that’s being distributed in the US and around the world. But why stop there? It turns out, she’s developed other breakthrough vaccines throughout her career. Like the one that fights HPV. In this episode, Dr. Jansen shares...

Duration:00:36:34

Alicia Garza, Principal at Black Futures Lab & Co-creator #BlackLivesMatter: "You have to build the kinds of alliances that are unexpected. You have to build [them] between people who might think they don't have anything in common."

3/9/2021
Welcome to our Women’s History Month series on Skimm’d from the Couch - where we’re bringing you the women who made history this past year. Meet: Alicia Garza. She’s the Principal at Black Futures Lab and co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Global Network — the movement that sparked a global rallying cry last summer. Black Lives Matter has since been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, as the world recognizes the groundbreaking work Alicia and her co-founders started. In this episode, Alicia...

Duration:00:39:59

Kristen Welker, NBC News Chief White House Correspondent and co-anchor of Weekend TODAY: “This is my advice for anyone doing anything scary…. Think about it. Face it. How are you going to be prepared?”

2/28/2021
Welcome to our Women’s History Month series on Skimm’d from the Couch - where we’re bringing you the women who made history this past year. Meet: Kristen Welker. She’s the Chief White House Correspondent for NBC News, and the co-anchor of Weekend TODAY. You probably recognize her from moderating that final presidential debate of 2020...which she calls the biggest moment in her professional career. This week, Kristen joined us to talk about how she prepared for that moment - and how she kept...

Duration:00:38:25

Jessica Lessin, founder and editor-in-chief of The Information: "I’m kind of all business. One of the things I miss about being in an office...is actually the ability for people to see different sides of me and me different sides of them."

2/23/2021
Jessica Lessin has broken some of the biggest stories on the tech companies we all know (think: Facebook, Google, and Apple). Now, after years of covering founders and entrepreneurs, she’s become one herself. She started The Information - a subscription-based digital media company covering technology and business. This week, she told us how her perspective has changed since going from employee to founder. And what she’s still trying to learn on the job. In this episode, Jessica shares how to...

Duration:00:32:13

Emma Grede, co-founder and CEO, Good American: “I feel like so many women I know will struggle with a salary negotiation…. A lot of the time it's down to not really knowing what the other person's key objectives are.”

2/16/2021
Emma Grede is one of the only guests we’ve had on this show who told us she loves negotiating. Early on, she realized that it was her strong suit. And she’s honed that skill throughout her career...especially while she built her own fashion brand alongside a Kardashian (hi, Khloe). Tune in to hear Emma give us a negotiating lesson...and her advice for how to enjoy the process more. In this episode, Emma shares her tips for negotiation 101 (9:30), how to lean into your strengths when...

Duration:00:35:43

Priyanka Chopra Jonas, actress, producer, entrepreneur, philanthropist: "For a very long time, I...never dealt with the things I was feeling."

2/9/2021
Priyanka Chopra Jonas is one of the most recognizable people in the world. She started her career as the winner of the Miss World pageant, and later took the global entertainment industry by storm. Along the way, she’s had to develop her confidence, resilience, and self worth. This week, Priyanka sat down with us to share her career journey - and how her relationship with herself has evolved. In this episode, Priyanka shares how her relationship with confidence has changed (8:14), her advice...

Duration:00:34:53

Dr. Jennifer Aaker and Naomi Bagdonas, co-authors of Humor, Seriously and faculty at Stanford: "Humor creates a window into authenticity and trust."

2/2/2021
Do you ever feel like you don’t show your real personality at work? Our guests this week, Dr. Jennifer Aaker and Naomi Bagdonas, say unfortunately, that’s pretty common. They teach at Stanford’s business school. And through their research, they found it’s okay - and important - to show your coworkers that you’re human. Which includes having a sense of humor. This week, they sat down with us to share why laughter really can be the best medicine...especially in a Zoom meeting. In this episode,...

Duration:00:35:25

Rachel Hollis, motivational speaker and author: "I might not know all the things, but I will outwork you."

1/26/2021
Ever feel like you don’t have the "right" resume for the job you’re applying for? Rachel Hollis has. The motivational speaker and author didn’t receive a formal education. And didn’t have a network or connections when she was starting out. But the secret to her success? Pure hustle. This week, Rachel shared why showing an employer how hard you work will get you hired...fancy degree optional. In this special live (over Zoom) episode, Rachel shares her advice for dealing with burnout (19:23),...

Duration:00:39:31