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The World-Changing Women Podcast with host, Meghan French Dunbar — co-founder and CEO of Conscious Company Media — shares the stories of female founders and business leaders who've built successful, game-changing companies that have a positive impact on the world.

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The World-Changing Women Podcast with host, Meghan French Dunbar — co-founder and CEO of Conscious Company Media — shares the stories of female founders and business leaders who've built successful, game-changing companies that have a positive impact on the world.

    Ep. 40: Marci Zaroff of MetaWear and Farm to Home

    Ep. 40: Marci Zaroff of MetaWear and Farm to Home

    Marci Zaroff has been leading the charge in the health, wellness, and organic apparel industries since the '90s — as in, before it was cool. She actually coined and trademarked the term ECOfashion and has built numerous brands over her 25-year career, including The Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Under the Canopy, Metaware, and Farm to Home. She's also the author of ECOrenaissance. On this episode, Zaroff and I discuss what it takes to start multiple businesses, how she's followed her intuition, and what advice she has for others who are trying to change the narrative in their own industries.

    • 42 min
    Ep. 39: Jenn Graham of Civic Dinners

    Ep. 39: Jenn Graham of Civic Dinners

    Jenn Graham is on a mission to drive civic engagement. Her tool of choice: the dinner table. Graham is co-founder & CEO of Civic Dinners, a national organization that facilitates important conversations in cities across the country by bringing strangers together to share a meal and discuss specific topics affecting their communities. But the beauty of the Civic Dinners model is that the action doesn't stop when dinner is over. She and her team have created actionable steps to take after leaving these dinners, steps that are driving real positive impact — including people running for office, laws being changed, and more. On this episode, Graham shares her personal story of discovering the power of getting involved and explains how she's created a successful organization that helps others do the same.

    • 49 min
    Ep. 38: Miyoko Schinner of Miyoko's Kitchen

    Ep. 38: Miyoko Schinner of Miyoko's Kitchen

    As a long-time vegetarian, Miyoko Schinner knew that eating a plant-based vegan diet was better for the environment, but she was finding it nearly impossible to give up one food item: cheese. So, over the years, she began tinkering with creating vegan cheeses made out of cashews and in 2012 ended up literally writing the book on how to make vegan cheeses. A couple of years later, after encouragement from others in the industry, she ended up launching a vegan cheese company: Miyoko's Creamery. At first, she imagined the company would remain small, but the market had other ideas with the demand for delicious vegan cheese outpacing her ability to make it. Fast forward five years and Miyoko's cheese is sold in more than 12,000 stores nationwide and the company is on track to hit over $100 million in sales in the coming years. On this episode, I sat down with Schinner to talk playing to your strengths, the challenges that come with tons of demand for your product, and what to do when you realize your own leadership is getting in the way of your company's success.

    • 27 min
    Ep. 37: Liz Wolfson of Girls Athletic Leadership School (GALS)

    Ep. 37: Liz Wolfson of Girls Athletic Leadership School (GALS)

    Did you know that one in every four girls fails to earn her high school diploma in four years, and that those numbers are even worse for girls of color? When girls do not complete high school, they experience higher rates of unemployment, earn significantly lower wages, and are more likely to need to rely on public support programs to provide for their families. Research has confirmed that single-sex schools benefit students that are the most educationally at-risk, including girls and minority students. After learning about this, Liz Wolfson had a vision for an all-girls school that would foster academic excellence and personal development for young women. Fast forward many years, and she is now the co-founder of GALS and BOYS, which are tuition-free charter schools and are the only public, single-gender, college-preparatory schools in Colorado, which are now expanding into other states. We sat down with Wolfson to talk education, how she built a school with no history of doing so, and how she has overcome the challenges along the way.

    • 46 min
    Ep. 36: Heather Fleming of Change Labs

    Ep. 36: Heather Fleming of Change Labs

    In 2014, Heather Fleming, Jessica Stago, and Natasha Hale launched a one-day event on the Navajo reservation to help the community learn about entrepreneurship. With the hope that at least five people would show up, the team was shocked to see more than 80 people attend their first event. Of course, they knew they were on to something. One of their funders encouraged them to transition from a one-day event to a full-scale organization that would help create a space for Native entrepreneurs and community members to access the infrastructure, expertise, and support they need to build small businesses, and thus, Change Labs was born. On this episode, Fleming walks us through how she moved from a one-day event to a full organization, how she's navigated feeling like an outsider, and why business is so critical to sparking social change. 

    • 40 min
    Ep. 35: Kristy Lewis of Quinn Snacks

    Ep. 35: Kristy Lewis of Quinn Snacks

    After loving eating microwave popcorn during her pregnancy but not being able to find a healthy option, Kristy Lewis began researching healthier packaging and ingredient options for microwave popcorn a mere three days into her first maternity leave. She had been frustrated with the fact that no one had created a better-for-you microwave popcorn for years and decided to see what could be done about it during her three-month maternity leave. Little did she know that this would lead her to launching her own company that would disrupt an entire industry. On this episode, Lewis details how she started her company by asking tons of questions, how she's kept it alive for more than eight years, and why having passion for what you're doing is one of the most critical components. 

    • 45 min

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