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The work advice you need, from women who’ve been there. Every week, join the co-founders and co-CEOs of theSkimm, Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg, as they help you get what you want out of your career by talking to the smartest leaders they know.

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    • 4.7 • 70 Ratings

The work advice you need, from women who’ve been there. Every week, join the co-founders and co-CEOs of theSkimm, Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg, as they help you get what you want out of your career by talking to the smartest leaders they know.

    Fidji Simo on Integrating Work and Life

    Fidji Simo on Integrating Work and Life

    When Fidji Simo was an exec at Facebook, she discovered she had a chronic health condition. That meant: taking meetings from her bed, fainting at work, and awkward conversations with her bosses. That experience taught Fidji how to be a leader while taking care of herself and putting her health first. A lesson she now brings to her team at Instacart, where she’s the CEO. 

    In this episode, Fidji shares: 

    The must-have in her weekly Instacart order (hint: it’s a sweet treat)

    Why being a woman in a male-dominated industry is actually an advantage

    How she integrates work and life instead of separating them 

    Why sponsorship means more than mentorship in work relationships

    How opening up about her chronic condition made her leadership stronger

    • 33 min
    Cindy Eckert on Choosing the Harder Path

    Cindy Eckert on Choosing the Harder Path

    Cindy Eckert co-founded the company Sprout Pharmaceuticals, which created the first FDA approved drug for low sexual desire in women (read: female viagra). In a made-for-TV twist, she sold the company for $1 billion… but then, had to take the company back. Intrigued yet? Same. Now, Cindy’s the founder of the investment and management firm, The Pinkubator, with the goal of making other women “really f***ing rich.” Talk about a mission we can get behind. 

    In this episode, Cindy shares: 

    How to rethink the classic career ladder

    Who inspired her to keep fighting for women’s health, in spite of FDA pushback

    How she got her company back – for free 


    Why securing funding is not the golden ticket to entrepreneurial success

    How one simple interview question can tell you a lot about a candidate

    • 28 min
    Christine Chang on Leaving Your Desk Job

    Christine Chang on Leaving Your Desk Job

    Every weekend growing up, Christine watched her mom and grandma go to the Korean bathhouses, rubbing things like tea and spoiled milk on their skin. And she’s been hooked on skincare ever since. Now, she’s the co-founder and co-CEO of the skincare brand, Glow Recipe. But before leading this new venture, she actually worked her way up the corporate ladder at L’Oreal. In this episode, Christine gives her advice on how to make the jump from corporate to startup, and what she learned at her desk job that she still uses today. 
    In this episode, Christine shares: 

    How she learned to lean on colleagues and mentors

    How having a co-founder eases the growing pains of a new business

    How her corporate experience helped in the startup mindset

    Why she and her co-founder turned down an offer from Shark Tank investors

    The important role that emerging technology like TikTok has played in her business

    • 25 min
    After 5ish: Rathi Srinivas On Innovation

    After 5ish: Rathi Srinivas On Innovation

    Before Rathi Srinivas became the co-founder and CTO of Droplette, she got her PhD in chemical engineering from MIT. NBD. And now, she’s developed an award-winning skincare device that’s grounded in science and backed by NASA. This week, Rathi joined us to share how she thinks about making stuff that’s never been made before – that can have a real difference for women everywhere.

    In this episode, Rathi shares: 

    The differences between traditional fundraising and scientific grants

    What it’s like to start a business with a friend

    How becoming a mom changed her career 

    • 17 min
    After 5ish: Gargi Pal Chaudhuri on the Power of Mentorship

    After 5ish: Gargi Pal Chaudhuri on the Power of Mentorship

    It’s no secret that more diversity is needed in the investing world. So as an immigrant woman of color, Gargi Pal Chaudhuri didn’t see a lot of people who looked like her or understood her background when she first stepped onto the trading floor two decades ago. Since then, she’s climbed the ranks, broadened her network, and become the Head of iShares Investment Strategy, Americas at BlackRock. Tune in for her advice on how to find the best mentors possible as you build your career. 

    In this episode, Gargi shares: 

    How to start looking for a mentor

    The secrets to developing a mentor-mentee relationship

    The one piece of advice she gives her mentees now (hint: invest)  

    • 16 min
    Melissa Ben-Ishay on Finding Your Confidence

    Melissa Ben-Ishay on Finding Your Confidence

    The day before Melissa Ben-Ishay started her famous cupcake business Baked by Melissa, she actually got fired from her job. But she’s proof that your worst moments can lead to some of your best. This week, we spoke to Melissa about how she found her confidence as she was getting started, and how she learned to embrace obstacles.  

    In this episode, Melissa shares…

    Her decision-making tactics 

    Her advice for people who lose their jobs

    How she got over her fear of cold-outreach

    Why the past two years were the hardest in her career

    The quality she looks for most when hiring 

    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
70 Ratings

70 Ratings

emmaharb ,

Great conversations!

Overall, a great podcast!
Both hosts have a great dynamic with their guests. The episode structure is enjoyable and makes for easy listening.
It feels like you’re in the room with them, listening to a conversation between friends. The content is incredibly relevant to any woman working to be a professional in their industry and offers some great advice for those already in their careers.
I really enjoy the beginning structure where the hosts ask their guest to skim their resume. This is followed by the question, “What’s something we can’t Google about you?”. I find this a really engaging way to start each episode. It highlights the professional achievements of the guest but also adds a very personal touch.

an-island-bear ,

Like joining a fun chat with great female leaders

I found this podcast after seeing stitch fix CEO Katrina Lake tweet about her interview on Twitter, as part of my homework on understanding her as a leader. The two hosts bounce valuable questions off of the guests and the whole chat is enthusiastically valuable to anyone with an interest in business.

Perhaps the only minor quip I have is that I haven’t been able to tell which host is talking or if the hosts divided their questions in a systematic way, but I guess I will learn that over time , subscribed to the podcast now.

I recommend many other episodes, like the weightwatchers one with Mindy Grossman and the spanx episode with Sara Blakely.

GoFrenchy ,

So inspiring

I love to listen to you and your guess and see we women are all the same to our core. So inspiring, I found your podcast and binge listen to all of them the first week. Love it, love you keep it up.

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