103 episodes

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.

    Lo Bosworth, founder and CEO of Love Wellness: “My body could just not manage the stress anymore.”

    Lo Bosworth, founder and CEO of Love Wellness: “My body could just not manage the stress anymore.”

    We feel like we know Lauren “Lo” Bosworth because we watched her grow up on television. But in the decade that’s passed since The Hills, she has also made a name for herself as an entrepreneur. She is the founder and CEO of Love Wellness, a company that makes clean personal-care products for women. And she’s got a lot of advice about how to make decisions and pivot your career.   
    In this episode, Lo shares why she exercises caution on social media (8:32), how her health struggles inspired her to start her company (16:56), and her advice about how to learn from failure (26:58).

    • 34 min
    Erica Williams Simon, entrepreneur and author: “The only way out of feeling stuck is to move.”

    Erica Williams Simon, entrepreneur and author: “The only way out of feeling stuck is to move.”

    Erica Williams Simon is a writer, host, and the CEO of Sage House media. Her new book reveals how she re-wrote her life story and shares how you can do the same. She walked us through how she makes tough decisions, starting with how she quit a perfect-on-paper job and moved across the country.  
    In this episode, Erica shares how she learned to ask meaningful questions (4:12), how to manage the financial risk of leaving a job (14:47), and the art of crafting your story (20:02).

    • 33 min
    Coach Monica Aldama from Cheer: “Sometimes I have to mat-talk myself.”

    Coach Monica Aldama from Cheer: “Sometimes I have to mat-talk myself.”

    If the phrase ‘mat talk’ means nothing to you, it’s time to watch Cheer on Netflix. This week, we sat down with the fearless leader of Navarro College Cheerleading, Coach Monica aka the Queen. She’s one of the most successful college coaches, with 14 national championships under her belt. And we want her to run our lives. 
    In this episode, Monica shares how she holds her athletes accountable (12:42), why she applies her business background to coaching (18:40), and the latest on a potential season two (32:39).

    • 33 min
    Amanda Hesser, CEO of Food52: “When push comes to shove... skillset doesn’t matter. It’s the trust in the relationship.”

    Amanda Hesser, CEO of Food52: “When push comes to shove... skillset doesn’t matter. It’s the trust in the relationship.”

    If you’re looking for some dinner inspiration, look no further than Food52. And this week, we sat down with its co-founder and CEO, Amanda Hesser. She’s had some of our dream jobs, including apprenticing in kitchens across Europe and writing about food for The New York Times. In this episode, she reveals how she turned her passion for cooking and writing into a company.
    Episode highlights: Amanda shares how she learned to trust her gut (8:57), why she struggled in corporate environments (11:34), and how she acts on feedback from the Food52 community (22:40). 

    • 27 min
    Shiza Shahid, co-founder of the Malala Fund: “My friends were sneaking out to parties and I was sneaking out to protests.”

    Shiza Shahid, co-founder of the Malala Fund: “My friends were sneaking out to parties and I was sneaking out to protests.”

    Growing up in Islamabad, Shiza Shahid became interested in activism. And that interest propelled her to start the global nonprofit, the Malala Fund. Eight years (and Malala's Nobel Peace Prize) later, Shiza continues to make an impact through her angel fund and her line of sustainable cookware, Our Place. 
    In this episode, Shiza shares why she created a secret summer camp for girls in Pakistan (11:17), her reaction when Malala won the Nobel Peace Prize (16:44), and her advice for employees looking to create change in the workplace (28:42).
    SFTC listeners get 20% off fromourplace.com products with the discount code 'Skimm'.

    • 37 min
    Kate Upton: “You are your only advocate.”

    Kate Upton: “You are your only advocate.”

    You probably know Kate Upton as a model and actress. She’s also a mother and businesswoman. Kate started working when she was 15, and achieved her success by putting in 16-hour workdays and challenging industry conventions. 
    In this episode, Kate tells us how she learned to ignore her critics (16:20), what she wrote in a letter to Anna Wintour (18:13), and why she came forward with her own experiences with harassment on set (20:25). 
    Note: This episode contains details about sexual harassment that may be triggering for some listeners.

    • 31 min

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