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WoVen celebrates remarkable women working in science, technology and business. Each episode explores specific inflection points in a guests professional lives -- those make or break moments that shaped who they are and where they are today -- and their sources of drive and inspiration.

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WoVen celebrates remarkable women working in science, technology and business. Each episode explores specific inflection points in a guests professional lives -- those make or break moments that shaped who they are and where they are today -- and their sources of drive and inspiration.

    The Best of WoVen: Resilience and How To Bounce Back Stronger

    The Best of WoVen: Resilience and How To Bounce Back Stronger

    Our Co-host Nina Kjellson takes a look at past guests' reflections on resilience. These women share some of the toughest challenges they've faced and offer advice on how to bounce back even stronger than before.

    • 14 min
    The Woman Who Gets Inside the Heads of Execs at Facebook, Google and More

    The Woman Who Gets Inside the Heads of Execs at Facebook, Google and More

    Gloria Harris - a.k.a. Glo - is an executive and leadership coach who has worked with many Fortune 100 companies, and in her work, she trades in concepts such as self-confidence, self-awareness, mission and vision, truth-speaking, team alignment, legacy and succession. Glo gets really deep into the mud of it, looking at what it is to aspire and to achieve, and also how all of us wrestle with personal and institutional demons along the way.

    Glo has a master's in social work from Washington University in St. Louis, and she's trained as a psychotherapist with a specialization in Gestalt, a theory that emphasizes that the whole of anything is much greater than its parts. She spent years as a therapist to individuals, couples and families, and also taught at universities.

    These days, Glo travels the globe to coach, teach, train and inspire her clientele, which includes executives from Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Lyft, Twitch, McKinsey, State Street Bank, Carnival Cruise Lines and Albertsons Grocery. In short, her impact spans every industry, market, tenure, type of workforce and culture.

    Glo is originally from upstate New York, and has lived in the hills of Oakland, California for around 20 years. She's married, has three children, two stepchildren and seven grandchildren.

    • 38 min
    Three Industry Leaders on Championing Women (and Girls) in Business

    Three Industry Leaders on Championing Women (and Girls) in Business

    In this special episode, three trailblazers take the stage at the annual WoVen gathering during the J.P.Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco: Pam Kostka, Roxanne Christophe and Diana Kapp.

    Moderator Pam Kostka is the founding CEO of All Raise, a nonprofit on a mission to accelerate the success of women in the tech ecosystem. Roxanne Christophe is the founder and executive director of Girls Crushing It, an organization that is empowering girls between the ages of 8 to 18 to flex their leadership muscles. And Diana Kapp is the author of a recent book called Girls Who Run the World: 31 CEOs Who Mean Business, which chronicles the stories of 31 CEOs and their achievements. 

    They take the stage to discuss the progress women have made in business, the chasms that are left to cross, and how to support young girls entrepreneurial instincts. Increasing diversity in our industry - whether that's investing, innovating or executing - takes all sorts of efforts, and these three women who venture are committed to expanding the pipeline and to celebrating women's achievements.

    • 32 min
    Minting a Thriving Global Marketplace of Artists from a Niche Stationary Brand

    Minting a Thriving Global Marketplace of Artists from a Niche Stationary Brand

    Mariam Naficy is the founder and CEO of Minted, an online design marketplace that produces stationery, paper goods, home decor products, and really, anything to support an intentional lifestyle.

    And it's all based on crowdsourced designs from a talented community of independent artists from over 100 countries. Mariam is no stranger to an eclectic community. She is the daughter of Iranian and Chinese immigrants and lived all over the world growing up. She points to these diverse experiences, and the experience of often being an outsider, as the foundation for her ability to approach entrepreneurial problems from a new perspective. 

    In 1998, she founded Eve.com, an e-commerce cosmetics company which she then sold for $110 million just two years later. She followed it up with Minted, which she originally intended to run as a lifestyle business she could operate while raising her young kids. But, after a bumpy start, and almost shutting down the company, Mariam realized the unique value of the community of artists she had built. She has now gone on to raise nearly $300 million in venture capital, valuing the company at well over $700 million.

    • 23 min
    Democratizing Healthcare with Activist Roots: A Conversation with Amy DuRoss

    Democratizing Healthcare with Activist Roots: A Conversation with Amy DuRoss

    Amy DuRoss was born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area and politically engaged at a very early age by lawyer-activist parents, as well as her Quaker school, both of which nurtured her strong social justice compass. She studied humanities at Yale, Oxford and Stanford, graduating with a master's degree in English, and then returning some years later to Stanford for an MBA.

    Amy's career has spanned tech, consulting, policy and healthcare. With 10 years at really big organizations such as E-Loan, G.E, the World Bank and Life Tech, as well as in precision medicine startups from Gene Sage to California's Prop 71 initiative to Navigenics, and ultimately to the founding of Vineti, where she is CEO. Vineti is defining a whole new software category for precision medicine therapy management by enabling vein to vein supply chain documentation and analytics for these breakthrough new therapies. 

    Amy has been honored by fellowships with the Cora Foundation and the Aspen Institute, in fact twice, and she is actively committed to diversity and inclusion across business and in politics. With three young children and a writer husband, Amy is living the Bay Area dual-income, always -on chaos and is doing so with incredible finesse and stamina.

    • 33 min
    Beauty, Burnout, and Bitcoin with the Original Influencer, Michelle Phan

    Beauty, Burnout, and Bitcoin with the Original Influencer, Michelle Phan

    Michelle Phan was a creator and influencer far before those were even a thing. In 2007, while working as a waitress and struggling to make ends meet to attend art school, Michelle began posting beauty tutorials on YouTube. Her infectious personality and creativity quickly garnered her millions of subscribers. She went on to found IPSY in 2011, a beauty sample subscription service that was valued at $800 million dollars in 2015. She also was one of the first creators ever to launch her own product line, which she did in 2013, launching EM Cosmetics in partnership with L'Oreal.

    Michelle has received countless accolades, including being named to Forbes 30 under 30 and Fast Company's 100 Most Creative People. Yet, the demands of all of Michelle's fans and business partnerships, as well as the vanity as a beauty industry, led her to burn out in 2016. Faced with a choice of her career or her mental health, Michelle chose herself. She took a digital hiatus that shocked her millions of fans.

    In 2017, Michelle came back to the public eye, but this time on her own terms. She exited IPSY and purchased EM Cosmetics from L'Oreal, relaunching it with full creative control and ownership. Today, she is completely self-funded and contract free for the first time in her more than decade long career. On this episode, Michelle talks about the importance of creative control and learning to say "no".

    • 22 min

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