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Episode 39: Funding Fearless Female Entrepreneurs: Featuring Elizabeth Lawler of xxAngels

Tune in to today's episode of On the Spot and hear from Elizabeth Lawler, co-founder of xxAngels which works to financially back fearless, groundbreaking, driven women entrepreneurs. xxAngels was founded by two women founder CEOs committed to seeding the next generation of women-led startups. Both Elizabeth and her partner Zoey aim to invest during the friends and family rounds and serve as a sounding board and launch partner for companies at conception. Advice for rising entrepreneurs:...


Episode 38: Never Say Never: Featuring Gail Davis of GDA Speakers

Tune in to today's episode of On the Spot and hear how Gail launched GDA Speakers, one of the top speakers bureaus in the country. After 20 years in the business, GDA Speakers has built a database of world-renowned thought leaders featuring top minds presenting on over a hundred topics. In the earlt 1990's Gail Davis was leading events at one of the world’s largest corporations, Electronic Data Systems (EDS, which now operates as MicroFocus and DXC Technology). After a hugely successful...


Episode 37: Advocating for African Women and Children: Featuring Mary Muiruri

This episode contains sensitive material. Parental discretion is advised. Sometimes, all it takes is a helping hand and a push in the right direction. Tune in to today's episode of On the Spot and hear how Mary was inspired to open the Shelter Children's Home in Kenya. Growing up, Mary lived in a rural home in Kenya. She did a lot of church work and believed that she was meant to help other people. With the help of her grandmother, she began to pursue a cause she grew to become passionate...


Episode 36: Rhythm and Poetry: Featuring Zamaera

A storytelling competition, Tupac Shakur, and a 12 page business plan: this is Zamaera’s story. Tune in to today's episode of On the Spot and to learn about how Zamaera was inspired to become a rapper and what it takes to succeed as a woman in the music industry. At 9 years old, Zamaera experienced her first loss at a storytelling competition after making it to nationals. After that experience, her music teacher told her about another storytelling competition, which she won and became her...


Episode 35: You Can Make a Difference: Featuring Susan Solomont

You can make a difference no matter who you are. Today on On the Spot, our editor, Sheena Sharma, interviews Susan Solomont: entrepreneur, philanthropist, and author. She is the founder of the Women's Leadership Network, and author of the book "Lost and Found in Spain: Tales of an Ambassador's Wife." When her husband accepted the role of serving as the U.S. Ambassador to Spain and Andorra, Susan's life was uprooted, and she left everything behind to follow her husband to Spain. Having to...


Episode 34: Media, Success, and Moguls: Featuring Tiffany Pham

Three jobs, endless determination, and the passion to achieve your goals—moguls aren’t just men. Moguls are women, too. Tune in to today's episode of On the Spot and follow Tiffany's inspirational journey towards founding Mogul and how through endless determination and persistence, her work has impacted the lives of many women. As a child, Tiffany moved from Paris, France to Texas because her parents wanted her to have more opportunities. Through consuming American media, Tiffany was able to...


Episode 33: From Outsider to Fashion Insider: Featuring Sandra Makarem

Fashion is a tough industry to jump into. Today on On the Spot, we sit down with Sandra Makarem, Founder & CEO of Collective Child, a premium and highly in-demand personalized shopping service for luxury childrenswear. To get a better idea of just how much business is booming: there is an instant 1,500 person and nearly 2 year waitlist! Tune in to today’s episode to learn more about Sandra's countless years of experience in the fashion industry and how diversity, failure, and empowerment...


Episode 32: The Real Secret To Healthy Eating: Featuring Nicole Centeno

Healthy eating is not a fad or trend. It's a mindset. [04:16] >“I definitely do have a passion for translating what I learned in my life to actionable tools and resources for other people. That’s what gets me really excited.” Today on On the Spot we interviewed Nicole Centeno, founder and CEO of Splendid Spoon, a program for everyone else sick of fad diets, and ready to improve their relationships with food. Tune in with us and learn about Nicole's mission, the importance of the "how" versus...


Episode 31: Let's Talk Money: Featuring Roselyn Wilkinson

Let’s talk about money! Today on On the Spot we interviewed Roselyn Wilkinson, certified financial planner and author of the book “It’s Good to be Queen.” Tune in with us and learn how to take control of your goals through financial planning. ”It doesn’t have to be complicated, but I’d like women to think about it in terms of their financial health is like their physical health. Your finances and your health are gonna be with you your whole life.” A lot goes into financial planning, and...


Episode 30: Getting Kids Excited About STEM: Featuring Margot Stern and Dr. Yael Schuster

“Science is so exciting and fun and it should be! It’s exciting to explore things and learn new things.” Today on On the Spot we interviewed the dream team Margot Stern and Dr. Yael Schuster, the founders of StellarNova, a multimedia edutainment company that creats unique experiences for kids through storytelling, hands-on-activies, and interactive media. Topics covered range from chemistry to engineering and space exploration and are target to a wide range of age groups. “Through some sort...


Episode 29: Girl, Hold Your Head Up High!: Featuring Sheila Ronning, Founder of Women in the Boardroom

On the Spot aims to showcase relatable women who have blazed the trail in order to help you walk your own path to success. In celebration of International Women's day, we have invited Sheila Ronning, the founder of Women in the Boardroom, an organization that makes sure women have a seat at the table by providing a customizing step-by-step approach to getting on your 1st, 2nd or 3rd corporate board! How can women overcome the confidence gap and become successful entrepreneurs? In this...


Episode 28: The Problem With Online Dating: Featuring Brooke Waupsh, Co-founder & CEO of Swoovy

What's something that feels daunting and almost impossible in this day and age? If you guessed online dating... you're right on the money! On today's episode of On the Spot we sit down with Brooke Waupsh, the co-founder and CEO of Swoovy, a new mobile dating app that connects single people to go on a date volunteering for a nonprofit. In today's episode, Brooke discusses her journey to where she is today, and her thoughts on online dating and the issues that come with it. The problem: how...


Episode 27: On The Spot Featuring Jillian Bullock, Filmmaker, President, and CEO of Jillian Bullock Enterprises

On today's episode of On The Spot, we sit down with Jillian Bullock, a filmmaker, president and CEO of Jillian Bullock Enterprises, a film and video production company based in Philadelphia. Jillian works to bring change through producing, writing, and directing shows that are empowering, educational, and entertaining. When Jillian was a child, her mother married a white man in the Italian mafia. Jillian and her siblings were the only black kids in their neighborhood and were surrounded by...


Episode 26: On The Spot Featuring Brittany Packnett, Activist and Vice President of National Community Alliances & Engagement at Teach For America

On today's episode of On The Spot, we sit down with the powerhouse Brittany Packnett, known for her work as the National VP for Teach for America, co-host of Crooked Media’s Pod Save the People podcast, and outspoken intersectional #BlackLivesMatter activist. As a child, her parents played a critical role in her journey. Their activism and philanthropy showed Brittany the importance of utilizing your privilege in order to expand access to people, a responsibility Brittany takes very...


Episode 25: On The Spot Featuring Christine Celis and Daytona Camps; the beer-brewing mother-daughter duo of Celis Brewery

On today's episode of On The Spot, we sat down with Christine Celis and Daytona Camps, the beer-drinking and beer-making mother-daughter duo of Celis Brewery. In 1965 when Christine was four years old, her father Pierre, opened Brouwerij Celis in his hometown of Hoegaarden, Belgium. Then in the early nineties, he flew to the United States smuggling in his tube-socks the original yeast strain he had been using to brew his world-famous Belgian-style Wit beer for the past 30 years. The first...


Episode 24: On The Spot Featuring Lolis Garcia-Baab, Movement Media Director and Spokesperson at Girl Scouts USA

On today's episode of On The Spot, we sit down with the incredible powerhouse Lolis Garcia-Baab, Movement Media Director and Spokesperson at Girl Scouts USA (https://www.girlscouts.org/). As the Movement Media Director, she is responsible for planning, directing and managing all the marketing and communications of the council. Lolis has a history of helping young women; prior to joining the Girl Scouts, she helped found a conference called the Girls Now! Conference after her daughter was...


Episode 23: On The Spot Featuring Maria Orozova, Founder & Chief Creative Officer of MODintelechy

On today's episode of On The Spot, we sit down with the Founder & Chief Creative Officer of MODintelechy (modintelchy.com), a full-service, data-driven creative marketing agency. Together with her team, they create smart solutions, optimizing marketing programs that strengthen profitable relationships between client and customer. "I’ve always known that I would be entrepreneur. I remember When I was a kid, I used to always tell my parents ‘well one day when I have my own company… you know,...


Episode 22: On The Spot Featuring Cameron Cruse, co-founder of R. Riveter

On today's episode of On The Spot, we sit down with Cameron Cruse, the co-founder R. Riveter (https://www.rriveter.com/), a company founded by military spouses for military spouses. R.Riveter provides remote employment opportunities for military spouses from all over the country. Cameron Cruse faced a problem common to those who marry into the military: it's hard to find a job and build a career when your partner's military service require relocating frequently. So she teamed with fellow...


Episode 21: On The Spot Featuring Alta Alexander, owner of Altatudes boutique

We're starting 2019 with fashion and flare! Our very first guest on the show is Alta Alexander, the founder and owner of the up-scale east-Austin boutique, Altatudes! Alexander found the inspiration for Altatudes (https://www.altatudes.com/) nearly 17 years ago, when her now husband asked her if what she would do if she were an entrepreneur. Alta earned her Bachelor's in Business and Communications, then held a number of managerial positions at high-end boutiques and department stores. On...