Join our host, Who What Wear co-founder Hillary Kerr, as she chronicles the career changes that can come at any age in our podcast, Second Life.
Kim Malek: Salt & Straw Co-Founder and CEO
Kim Malek, the CEO and co-founder of iconic ice-cream brand Salt & Straw, has completely modernized the ice-cream industry by creating a brand whose ethos goes beyond the delicious dessert. Malek has built an unparalleled brand through a unique business strategy focused on building a community, supporting local artisans and farmers, and continually creating custom, one-of-a-kind ice-cream flavors. On this episode of Second Life, find out how Malek merged her past marketing careers at notable brands like Starbucks and Yahoo! to catapult her dream of starting an ice-cream business into a reality.
Elaine Welteroth: Journalist, Best-Selling Author, Producer, and Co-Host of The Talk
Elaine Welteroth is one of the most inspiring women in the media industry. She was named the youngest EIC at the helm of a major Condé Nast publication before becoming a New York Times best-selling author, award-winning journalist, producer, and television host. Welteroth is also a powerful voice in the movement of change, as she was recently appointed Cultural Ambassador for Michelle Obama’s When We All Vote campaign and now hosts a new podcast Built to Last, which amplifies the stories of Black founders, past and present. On this episode of Second Life, find out how Welteroth continually evolves her career while remaining grounded in who she is.
June Ambrose: Costume Designer, Image Architect, and Creative Director of Puma
June Ambrose is one of fashion’s most influential stylists, costumer designers, and image architects and is now the creative director of Puma. Through her extensive years of experience, Ambrose has established a name for herself styling and creating custom pieces for notable clientele, including Jay-Z, Will Smith, Missy Elliott, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys, Lizzo, and more. Therefore, it may come as a surprise that Ambrose began her career at an investment banking firm. On this episode of Second Life, find out how Ambrose made a drastic career pivot, how she managed to get her foot in the door in the music and fashion industries to ultimately define culture through fashion, and everything she learned along the way.
Maria Sharapova: Founder and CEO of Sugarpova and Former Professional Tennis Player
World-class tennis champion Maria Sharapova is an absolute powerhouse. At a young age, Sharapova achieved the unthinkable: At age 17, she won Wimbledon, which was just the start of her tennis career. She went on to win five career Grand Slam titles, became the seventh female player in the Open era to complete the career Grand Slam, and was the first-ever female athlete to serve as the Russian delegation’s Olympic flag bearer. In February of this year, Sharapova announced her retirement, but her success doesn’t end on the tennis courts. Sharapova founded Sugarpova, a premium candy brand and strategically advises and invests in like-minded brands like Bala Bangles, Therabody, and Supergoop!. On this episode of Second Life, find out how Sharapova is evolving her career and using her past experiences to catapult into new business ventures.
Cameron Diaz: Actress, Best-Selling Author, and Avaline Co-Founder
Cameron Diaz is the quintessential Hollywood actress. She’s starred in iconic films, including The Mask, There’s Something About Mary, and Charlie’s Angels, and has been nominated for countless SAG awards, BAFTAs, and Golden Globes. In 2014, Diaz became a best-selling author with her two wellness-centric books, The Body Book and The Longevity Book, which reveal Diaz’s outlook on body positivity and living to your fullest potential. Now, Diaz has launched clean-wine company Avaline alongside Who What Wears Co-founder Katherine Power, defining a new standard for clean ingredients and transparency. On this episode of Second Life, find out how Diaz is continually evolving herself beyond Hollywood and how to build a brand you truly believe in
Jen Atkin Returns! The Founder of Ouai and Author of Blowing My Way to the Top Is Back
It's been three years since we sat down with Jen Atkin, the celebrity hairstylist and founder of award-winning brand Ouai, and a lot has changed. A savvy businesswoman, Atkin has successfully expanded Ouai into a holistic lifestyle brand by introducing new categories like fragrance, hand care, and solution-based haircare remedies. Tomorrow, December 8, Atkin is making her debut as an author with her memoir and spirited guide Blowing My Way to the Top: How to Break the Rules, Find Your Purpose, and Create the Life and Career You Deserve. On this episode of Second Life, find out what exactly Atkin covers in her book and how she continuously modernizes her brand.
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Listening from Sydney, Australia. So inspired by amazing reinvention stories. 5 stars just aren’t enough. Thank you, Hilary!
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More important than achievement is how you pick yourself up from a fall. So inspiring, uplifting and energising. Highly recommend.
Who run the world?!
Discovering Second Life podcast has been a game-changer. At first I listened to the episodes where Hillary (who asks the best questions!) interviewed big names I’d already heard about, like Mandy Moore and Jessica Alba. Learning more about them was fascinating but the real gold was discovered when I started listening to the stories of women I knew nothing about (being in Australia, I hadn’t ever heard of so many of these trail-blazing women or their businesses). Fast forward and I have a new role-model every couple of days and I’m so inspired to step into my own second life. BTW, Ellen Bennett is my superhero!