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#38 How Reddit’s Anna Soellner communicates with and on behalf of 300 million active users

Anna Soellner is Director of Communications at @Reddit. With over 300 million active users spread across 138,000 different communities on the number 6 most trafficked website in the world, it’s fair to say Anna Soellner has a pretty daunting role as Reddit’s Director of Communications - a website which positions itself as “the front page of the internet”. Recorded live at The European Communications Summit in Berlin, Anna shares her personal journey from working in governance alongside...


#37 – How to cultivate your own leadership style with executive coach Carolyn Coughlin

Carolyn Coughlin is an executive coach, facilitator, and leadership development specialist. Carolyn’s journey began as a management consultant first at PriceWaterhouseCoopers and later at McKinsey & Co. She was introduced to the idea of adult development shortly after leaving the corporate world 15 years ago, and instantly felt passionate about helping people not only to grow into their biggest selves, but also to live as fully as they can. Throughout all of her work, Carolyn acts as a...


#36 – How InStyle’s Editor in Chief Laura Brown champions "badass women" with a reach of 30+ million

Laura Brown is the Editor in Chief of InStyle magazine. Laura spent eleven years at Harper’s Bazaar, rising to the role of Executive Editor before moving in 2016 to head up one of the world’s most successful fashion media brands. At InStyle Laura is responsible for the print magazine (which reaches 1.8 million readers every month), 13 international editions and digital across all platforms as well as the voice, content, strategy and brand extensions that reach 30+ million women across the...


#35 – How Tina Roth Eisenberg aka @swissmiss turned her side projects into businesses

Tina Roth Eisenberg (aka @swissmiss) is the founder of CreativeMornings - a global monthly lecture series; TeuxDeux - a to-do list app; Tattly - a design-led temporary tattoo shop; and Friends Work Here - a co-working space in New York City. Swiss-born Tina started swissmiss in 2005 as her personal visual archive and watched it grow into one of the internet’s most popular design journals with over 1 million visitors a month. After working in several prominent NYC design firms Tina decided...


#34 – How to make resilience and adversity your friend with author Ama Marston

Ama Marston is the author of “Type R - Transformative resilience for thriving in a turbulent world” and a thought leader on the topic of “transformative resilience”. In today’s world we’ve become ever-more focused on “bouncing back” and “recovering” from periods of stress, adversity and resilience. But Ama is reframing the ways we talk and understand these challenges, so that we can use them to our advantage. “Adversity is a terrible thing to waste” she says, and by helping us to check our...


#33 – Refinery 29’s Amy Emmerich on how to hustle (positively)!

In our first ever live episode recorded at Hamburg’s OMR Festival, we speak to Amy Emmerich - Chief Content Officer at Refinery29. As Chief Content Officer, Amy oversees all Refinery29 content with an audience footprint of over 500 million. During her time in leadership with the platform, Refinery29 has launched numerous successful franchises and content brands; as well as scoring exclusives with leading female voices including Cecile Richards. This success is thanks in part to Amy’s 20...


#31 - Reboot’s Ali Schultz on how to practice radical self inquiry and enhance your leadership

Ali is co-founder and COO of Reboot is first and foremost a coaching platform - a place where Ali and her team take on the mental models that CEOs and founders use to make decisions so that they can reaffirm their business relationships, enhance their leadership and greater practise resilience. As a coach Ali is skilled in getting her clients to tap into their innermost sense of self to find the original source of their creativity, often helping them to tune into motivations...


#28 – How venture capitalist Ann Miura-Ko became “the most powerful woman in startups”

Ann Miura-Ko is co-founding partner at FLOODGATE, an early-stage venture capital firm. As the child of a NASA rocket scientist Ann grew up, literally, surrounded by emerging technologies in California’s Silicon Valley. And as a young champion debater (she placed first in the National Tournament of Champions and second in the State of California whilst at high school), Ann forged a considerable skill set which has since helped her complete a PhD at Stanford (a place where she now a lecturer...


#27 – Facebook’s VP of Product Design Margaret Stewart about leadership lessons and career advice

Margaret Stewart is the VP Product Design at Facebook. Margaret credits being the youngest child of 9, as well as having initially studied Theatre as incredibly useful tools in the collaborative nature of all her work today. She then did a graduate studies at New York University’s Interactive Telecommunication Program before starting her career at Tripod - one of the big homepage building sites in the first era - and rising up the ranks through the design teams at Google Search and...


#25 – How life coach Lauren Handel Zander enables people to own their personal growth

Lauren Handel Zander is the Co-Founder and Chairwoman of Handel Group, creator of The Handel Method coaching methodology, and author of the book ‘Maybe It’s You’. Lauren has coached everyone from famous movies stars and business executives to everyday men and women who need support pushing through challenging life and career barriers. The coaching methodology that she created, the Handel Method, is designed to help people be honest with themselves and start taking action on the wishes they...


#24 – Megan Devine – How to best help someone who is grieving and in pain?

Megan Devine is a psychotherapist, grief advocate, and author of the book ‘It’s OK That You’re Not OK.’ For almost 20 years, Megan has dedicated her life to helping people live through things they never thought they’d face. Having witnessed her partner drown almost 9 years ago, today Megan is leading an effort to change the Western culture of grief by proposing new models for grief and by creating an online community and resource that helps people survive some of the hardest experiences of...


#22 – Lydia Denworth – What do you do when your son can't hear?

Lydia Denworth is an author, science journalist, and speaker. Lydia’s most recent book of popular science is I Can Hear You Whisper. The book is a memoir of her youngest son’s deafness and her subsequent exploration of sound and language and the brain. Reviewers called it “rigorous,” “enthralling,” “tender” and “luminous." She is working on her third book--about the biology and evolution of friendship--and writes regularly for Scientific American and Psychology Today. Her work has also...


#21 – How Alex Constantinople became the CEO of The Outcast Agency

Alex Constantinople is the CEO of The Outcast Agency and works with clients like Airbnb, Instagram, Spotify, Facebook, or Patagonia. Alex started her career as a publicist for CNN, NBC, followed by marketing and communications roles at GE before switching coasts to join Wired Magazine and eventually The Outcast Agency, first as their COO and then as CEO. Alex is based in San Francisco and the mother of 3. In this episode we talk about Alex's favorite books, how she prepared herself and the...


#20 – Beth Comstock – the most senior woman in one of the world’s biggest companies General Electric

Beth Comstock is the Vice Chair at General Electric, one of the largest companies in the world. At GE, she leads efforts to accelerate new growth. She operates GE Business Innovations, which develops new businesses, markets and service models; drives brand value and partners to enhance GE’s inventive culture. This unit includes Current, GE Lighting, GE Ventures & Licensing and GE sales, marketing and communications. In this episode, Beth and I talk about what makes a good leader, how to...


#19 – Robin Berzin – How would you redesign medical care?

Dr. Robin Berzin is a doctor and entrepreneur, and the founder and CEO of Parsley Health, a service that is redefining medical care. Robin believes that medicine should put nutrition, wellness and prevention on the front lines of health care, while simultaneously making care smart and data-driven to meet our needs in today’s world. Parsley Health, the company that Robin founded, is her answer to the question how she would rethink medical care from scratch. Parsley’s mission is to redefine...


#18 – Lesli Linda Glatter – the woman behind your favorite shows like Homeland, Mad Men, Good Wife

Lesli Linka Glatter is a film and tv director based in Los Angeles and known for directing tv shows like Homeland, Mad Men, The Good Wife, and The West Wing. Lesli Linka Glatter started her career as a modern dancer and choreographer before a series of (sometimes lucky) events led her to take a path towards film directing. Today, Lesli is an accomplished film and tv director and has directed countless episodes for shows like Twin Peaks, The Good Wife, Homeland, The West Wing, Gilmore...


#17 – Birchbox co-founder Mollie Chen on what it’s like to leave the company you co-founded

Mollie Chen is the co-founder of Birchbox, a subscription service for makeup and beauty samples. Mollie shares what it’s like to start and grow a company like Birchbox to millions of customers and 300 employees and also what it’s like to decide to leave the company that you co-founded after 6 years. We talk about the early days of Birchbox and the moment Mollie decided to join her friends from college Katia Beauchamp and Hayley Barna to turn Birchbox from an idea into a real company....


#15 – How Megan Quinn went from building products to investing in companies that build products

Megan Quinn is a General Partner at Spark Capital, a venture capital firm that has invested in companies like Twitter, Postmates, Tumblr, and Slack. Megan grew up in Los Angeles surrounded by 4 sisters and first didn’t intend to enter the technology sector. After moving up north to graduate from Stanford, she took a job at Google and helped the then-small company go public. As an avid collector of historical maps, she found her perfect dream job in Google’s Maps division where she has held...


#14 – How film producer Debra Martin Chase launched Anne Hathaway and Blake Lively’s careers

Debra Martin Chase is a television and movie producer and known for having produced movies like ’The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants’, ‘The Preacher’s Wife’, and ‘The Princess Diaries’, amongst many others. Debra graduated from Harvard as a lawyer and practiced law before eventually moving into the movie business to pursue her passion for film and television and fulfill her dream to entertain. She says: “Movie and television need to entertain but if along the way you can be given...


#13 – What is life and work like as a ballerina, Kathryn Boren?

Kathryn Boren is a professional ballet dancer and member of the corps de ballet at the America Ballet Theatre in New York City. Kathryn started dancing at the age of 3 and decided that ballet was her thing at the age of 5 and for the next 20 years she never lost the drive to push forward to master and perfection the art form. Kathryn spent a few years in Berlin, then moved to New York at the age of 15 for a scholarship at the American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School where...