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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.

    Dr. Yaba Blay, scholar-activist: “When I think about my relationship to the academy, part of the struggle was I don't want to talk in academic prose… Because who's gonna see it? And who's it gonna benefit?”

    Dr. Yaba Blay, scholar-activist: “When I think about my relationship to the academy, part of the struggle was I don't want to talk in academic prose… Because who's gonna see it? And who's it gonna benefit?”

    Dr. Yaba Blay is a scholar-activist and cultural consultant whose work centers on the lived experiences of Black women and girls. While she’s got all of the degrees and academic accolades, Dr. Blay sat down with us this week to talk about why she’s taken her work outside of the classroom. And how she’s creating impact through her creative campaigns and community on social media.  

    In this episode, Dr. Blay shares how she uses her personal connection to her work as fuel (6:26), why she believes it’s important to be able to change your mind (12:14), and when she decided to create her series “Professional Black Girl” (21:00). 
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    • 50 min
    SFTC Special: Routine, Reality, and You

    SFTC Special: Routine, Reality, and You

    Let’s be real: some of us had big things planned for 2020, before the pandemic came along. But even with everything going on, a lot of Skimm’rs haven’t let that get in their way. And one thing we’ve heard from a lot of you is how routine and self-care have helped them stay grounded when everything else is in flux.

    This week, we wanted to do a reality check and turn the mic on you. We’ll hear from two Skimm’rs making big moves in spite of circumstance, from moving across the country (4:40) to changing careers (11:30).

    This is a special episode of Skimm’d From The Couch, sponsored by Estée Lauder.
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    • 17 min
    Bethenny Frankel, founder & CEO, Skinnygirl: “I definitely paved the way for every reality star… I had my eye on the prize from the minute I got in there.”

    Bethenny Frankel, founder & CEO, Skinnygirl: “I definitely paved the way for every reality star… I had my eye on the prize from the minute I got in there.”

    Bethenny Frankel grew up learning how to hustle. And for her entire career, she’s consistently bet on herself and her ideas. She joined us this week to talk about where that hustle comes from. And how she grew her business from the ground up, using her platform on “The Real Housewives of New York” to chart a new course for entrepreneurs.  

    In this episode, Bethenny shares how she got her foot in the door in the early days (7:28), why she chose to join “The Real Housewives” (13:50), and how she uses her instincts to make business decisions (22:31). 
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    • 38 min
    Eva Chen, director of fashion partnerships, Instagram: “I think it's really important if you have a door open [to you], keep it propped open."

    Eva Chen, director of fashion partnerships, Instagram: “I think it's really important if you have a door open [to you], keep it propped open."

    While Eva Chen is known for her loyal following on IG (us included), she’s also known for carving out a career path that’s totally her own. She started off in editorial, and now she straddles the tech and high fashion worlds as the director of fashion partnerships at Instagram. And in case she wasn’t busy enough… she’s also a children’s book author. This week she told us that one of the biggest secrets to her success has been: her network. Because she’s stayed in touch with everyone she worked with. 
    In this episode, Eva shares how she went from being pre-med to being a magazine intern (5:03), her advice for growing your network (11:41), and why failing is okay (25:25).
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    • 36 min
    Misty Copeland, principal dancer, American Ballet Theatre: “I want to diversify [ballet]. I want people to see and know that a Black girl can be a ballerina in a mainstream White company.”

    Misty Copeland, principal dancer, American Ballet Theatre: “I want to diversify [ballet]. I want people to see and know that a Black girl can be a ballerina in a mainstream White company.”

    Misty Copeland is the most famous ballet dancer in the world. Which means that throughout her career, she's had to consistently break down barriers. For background: Misty made history when she became the first Black female principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre. And now, her reach extends beyond the dance world through her books, philanthropy, and advocacy. Her new children's book “Bunheads” comes out this September. 
    In this episode, Misty shares how she gained confidence in herself (9:04), her advice for developing relationships with mentors (19:30), and her go-to dance song (34:41). 
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    • 36 min
    Monica Royer, founder and CEO, Monica + Andy: “I literally came into the hospital without thinking about [founding my business] and left the hospital on a mission.”

    Monica Royer, founder and CEO, Monica + Andy: “I literally came into the hospital without thinking about [founding my business] and left the hospital on a mission.”

    Entrepreneurship runs in Monica Royer’s family. Her brother Andy founded Bonobos, the menswear company that changed the retail game. And Monica took notes on his journey before carving out a space of her own. She went on to found Monica + Andy, a company that makes organic baby blankets and clothing. This week, Monica joined us to share how she’s created a mentor network and how she got her business off the ground.
    In this episode, Monica shares how she pivoted from the pharmaceutical industry to clothing (7:27), when she knew she had to act on her idea (think: in the hospital) (8:24), and how she’s cultivated a network of mentors beyond her own family (17:14).
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    • 24 min

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