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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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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.

    Julianna Margulies On Making Big Life Decisions

    Julianna Margulies On Making Big Life Decisions

    Julianna Margulies went from pouring G&Ts and filming commercials in Manhattan to being one of the most-awarded actresses on television. She’s famous for roles on “E.R.,” “The Good Wife,” and “The Morning Show” — and despite always having a backup plan, Julianna’s biggest decisions have been guided by her intuition. We spoke to Julianna about making big life decisions, taking risks and turning down lucrative offers.
    In this episode, Julianna talks about:

    Planning for the future 

    Trusting that the right work will find you

    Saying no to professional opportunities (hi, E.R.) 

    Clarifying your career focus

    How she stopped people pleasing


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    • 35 min
    Rebroadcast: Erica Williams Simon On How To Write Your Career Story

    Rebroadcast: Erica Williams Simon On How To Write Your Career Story

    This week, we’re throwing it back to one of our favorite episodes from last year. 

    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 changed her life.  

    In this episode, Erica shares: 

    What growing up in a church community taught her 

    How she made the decision to quit 

    How to navigate the financial burden of leaving a job 

    How to craft and tell your career story 

    How to learn from an unfulfilling job


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    • 32 min
    Rea Ann Silva On Building Your Network

    Rea Ann Silva On Building Your Network

    Rea Ann Silva spent two decades working as a makeup artist for music videos, movies, and television. And on the side, she started developing a tool to make her work easier: the Beautyblender. Little did she know, she would end up transforming the beauty industry. And what helped her along the way - from movie sets to becoming CEO - was her relationships and her network. So this week, we’re getting her advice on how to start - and grow - your own.  
    In this episode, Rea Ann shares: 

    How she climbed the career ladder

    How she tapped into her industry’s networks

    How to work up the nerve to cold-call

    What it was like to see Beautyblender in the Smithsonian Museum


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    • 31 min
    Gabrielle Union on Standing Up For Yourself

    Gabrielle Union on Standing Up For Yourself

    Gabrielle Union hit her big break as an actor more than 20 year ago. Today she’s a household name in pop culture, as well as an advocate and author. And along the way, she’s had to learn one of the biggest (and hardest) career lessons: how to stand up for yourself. From navigating toxic workplaces, to challenging inequity and bias in Hollywood, to speaking out about pay parity, Gabrielle’s a hero to many for standing up to broken systems - and for how open and honest she is with her fans and her readers. 

    In this episode, Gabrielle shares:

    Realizing when vulnerability can be a superpower

    Standing up for yourself — and others — at work

    Navigating your professional reputation

    Knowing your value in pay negotiations

    Why you need to talk about money 

    Using preparation to counter anxiety


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    • 25 min
    Bonus Episode: Back to “Normal” Power Panel

    Bonus Episode: Back to “Normal” Power Panel

    Welcome to a special bonus episode of 9 to 5ish with theSkimm. A few weeks ago, theSkimm's co-founders and co-CEOs Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg hosted a Back to "Normal" power panel, talking about what a return to “normal” in the workplace looks like amid the COVID-19 pandemic. We were joined by…

    Tina Tchen, then-president and CEO of Time’s Up


    Fatima Goss Graves, president and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center


    Ai-jen Poo, co-founder and executive director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance


    And, Tami Forman, CEO of Path Forward



    It’s no secret that women have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic: One in 10 moms with young kids quit their job — with half of them saying it was because of school or daycare closures. Gender equality in the workplace was set back more than a decade. And women were feeling burned out at faster rates. Now, as women head back into the workforce and office, it’s important to make sure they’re equipped with the information and tools they need to make their work-life balance real. Hit play to hear from the experts.
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    • 50 min
    Morgan DeBaun On Raising Money

    Morgan DeBaun On Raising Money

    Morgan DeBaun was one of the only Black women working in Silicon Valley when she quit her job and started Blavity, a news media company focused on serving Black Americans. But as Morgan started to learn, raising money isn’t easy - especially when so little funding goes to women and women of color in the first place. This week, we spoke to Morgan about raising capital, overcoming obstacles, and selling your story to investors.
    In this episode, Morgan shares: 

    Bootstrapping your business and delayed gratification

    Defining your company mission

    Learning how different types of funding works

    Staying true to your vision when pitching it

    Bringing Black creators into the spotlight in the tech space


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    • 31 min

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