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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.

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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.

    Noura Sakkijha, co-founder and CEO, Mejuri: “The beginning was really hard. I decided to go into therapy at that point because it was really intense.”

    Noura Sakkijha, co-founder and CEO, Mejuri: “The beginning was really hard. I decided to go into therapy at that point because it was really intense.”

    Noura Sakkijha is the co-founder and CEO of Mejuri, the buzzy jewelry company that sells affordable, quality pieces directly online. While Noura’s the third generation in her family to go into the industry, she had to navigate brand new challenges on her own. This week, Noura told us about the struggles she faced in the beginning…and how she learned self care was important for her health and the health of the business. 

    In this episode, Noura shares how she’s learned to separate her personal life and her work life (14:28), why therapy has helped her get through the most challenging parts of being a CEO (10:11), and how she’s built her company culture to prioritize honest feedback (20:58). 
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    Chelsea Hirschhorn, founder and CEO, Frida: “You have to have an aptitude for risk that puts you in a slightly uncomfortable position.”

    Chelsea Hirschhorn, founder and CEO, Frida: “You have to have an aptitude for risk that puts you in a slightly uncomfortable position.”

    Chelsea Hirschhorn is not a natural risk taker. But she had to change when she started building Frida from the ground up. Frida is now a go-to parenting brand that helps moms and caregivers navigate the realities of parenthood. And this week, Chelsea told us that the risks she took along the way, from leaving her steady job as a lawyer to running unconventional advertising campaigns, were all worth it. 

    In this episode, Chelsea shares what skills she learned as a lawyer that she applies to her job as CEO (7:04), why Frida is a ‘people-first’ organization (16:09), and how she’s helping her employees at Frida navigate WFH with parenting (18:28).
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    Ramona Hood, CEO, FedEx Custom Critical: “I felt that if I could not lead [with authenticity] then I wasn’t effective.”

    Ramona Hood, CEO, FedEx Custom Critical: “I felt that if I could not lead [with authenticity] then I wasn’t effective.”

    Ramona Hood has been at the same company (FedEx) for nearly thirty years. She started as a receptionist…and now she’s a CEO. Ramona joined us this week to tell us how she stayed determined - and why creating her own personal “board of directors” (think: a network of mentors, coaches, and sponsors) helped her get to the top job. 

    In this episode, Ramona shares how she was able to get noticed at the company (6:03), her advice for approaching potential mentors (12:53), and why she believes authenticity is the key to leadership (24:51).
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    • 31 min
    SFTC Election Special: Careers in Politics with Elise Jordan, former NSC communications director, George W. Bush administration

    SFTC Election Special: Careers in Politics with Elise Jordan, former NSC communications director, George W. Bush administration

    Welcome to our election special of Skimm’d from The Couch, where we’re talking to women from both sides of the aisle about their careers in politics. 

    Elise Jordan is a veteran of the George W. Bush White House, where she worked as speechwriter and an advisor to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and as communications director for the National Security Council. So we knew she’d have some tips on how to be a strong communicator at work. Even in high stakes situations.
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    • 31 min
    SFTC Election Special: Careers in Politics with Deesha Dyer, former social secretary, Obama administration

    SFTC Election Special: Careers in Politics with Deesha Dyer, former social secretary, Obama administration

    Welcome to our election special of Skimm’d from The Couch, where we’re talking to women from both sides of the aisle about their careers in politics. 

    Deesha Dyer was the social secretary to President Obama. Think: her job meant hosting everyone from Beyoncé to the Pope. But Deesha told us her path to the White House was nonlinear, and that she actually got her start at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue as a 31 year old intern. Tune in to hear how she got her foot in the door. And how she learned to tackle her imposter syndrome as she rose through the ranks. 
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    • 33 min
    Ashley Graham, supermodel, entrepreneur and host of Pretty Big Deal: “People want to [put] you into a box. But it's your decision if you want to go along with the molding or not.”

    Ashley Graham, supermodel, entrepreneur and host of Pretty Big Deal: “People want to [put] you into a box. But it's your decision if you want to go along with the molding or not.”

    Ashley Graham is the ultimate multihyphenate. Think: supermodel, entrepreneur, designer, author, advocate, and a new mom. On the road to success, she’s defied every label that people have tried to attach to her, and she’s become a trailblazer in the fashion industry and a voice for inclusivity and empowerment. Oh, and also: she’s a ton of fun.  

    In this episode, Ashley shares why she never fit into any mold throughout her career (12:50), how she’s built her personal brand (21:09), and why jealousy prevents you from making progress (22:41).

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    • 35 min

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