PRETTYSMART is a love letter to women with something to say: those with bold thoughts and inquisitive minds. In thought-provoking conversations with some of today’s most dynamic voices – from entrepreneurs and authors to politicians and celebrities – journalist Danielle Robay digs into the hearts, souls, and stories of people who put a new spin on Pretty.
Each week, they tackle a new idea, and hold up a mirror to our culture, asking questions about what works for us and what we can work to change. No topic is off limits – come as you are and join Danielle every Thursday to feel pretty inspired, pretty seen, and best of all: Pretty Smart.
Do We Love or Hate The Internet? with Taylor Lorenz (Washington Post + Extremely Online)
In the past 20 years, the Internet has developed a culture of its own. And one woman who has been at the forefront is Taylor Lorenz, a Tech Journalist, Content Creator, and the Author of the new book “Extremely Online: The Untold Story of Fame, Influence, and Power on the Internet.” With the distinction of being recognized as one of Fortune’s 40 Under 40 leaders in Media and Entertainment, Taylor possesses a deep understanding of how digital culture has shaped our lives. Today, she shares:
Starting out as a female tech reporter (one of the ONLY ones) Online Harassment + navigating a male-dominated landscape The most impactful influencers (and how they changed culture) Predicting digital trends + platforms TikTok and her vision for the app's future evolution Addressing and dispelling a popular TikTok conspiracy theory The pivotal moment when the unique culture of the internet became evident How Tumblr (an OG social media platform) exposed her to a new community of people Dissecting the power and misconceptions surrounding influencers Unpacking the profound impact of AI-driven algorithms Her predictions about the trajectory of AI technology and what users want Her thoughts on Threads - is it here to stay? Reclaiming autonomy from the grip of social media platforms Her thoughts on the idea of content creators uniting in a collective effort
Follow Taylor on Instagram @taylorlorenz and preorder her book Extremely Online, here!
Unleashing The Light Within You: with Elaine Welteroth
Elaine Welteroth is many things, including inspiring. She’s a New York Times Bestselling Author, Award-winning Journalist, former editor-in-chief of “Teen Vogue,” TV host, mother and wife. We dive deep into her book “More than Enough,” and today Elaine shares:
What does greatness entail?
How to maximize the mountain climbing phase of life
Why celebrate the little wins can make all the difference
Why she struggled with feeling not enough and too much
Being a deep-end friend (versus a shallow end friend)
Having big expectations of friendships + being let down sometimes
How to tap in to your ‘zone of genius’
The importance of community and the solo journey (seasons)
Her experience with the urgency on the call of her life
Leaving her dream job because she was being called to pursue something else (and how she knew)
Having the courage to ask for more money
The scariest and smartest things she did in her career
Giving herself a promotion
The importance of creating boundaries from naysayers
Where her most creative ideas come from
More insight into one chapter in her book that she’s NEVER talked about
Her light and the relationship that dimmed her big/bright aura!
Recognizing when love is not love
Follow Elaine on Instagram @elainewelteroth and check out her book More Than Enough!
Searching for Work-Life Balance: with Physical Therapist Winnielyn Bautista (Special Drop!)
In this episode of The Head Start: Embracing the Journey, Nora dives into the ever-blurring lines between work and life. Nora has made a career of sharing moments from her life to connect with others. That makes it nearly impossible to have any sort of separation between her work and life. She speaks with guest Winnielyn Bautista about how she tries to find and set boundaries between her career and personal goals amid the constant threat of a migraine attack. Winnielyn shares her thoughts on how to navigate difficult conversations with bosses and co-workers, especially when you might not feel comfortable sharing personal details - a situation those living with Chronic Migraine know all too well.
Unpacking the "Slut" Narratives of Britney, Monica, Paris, Pamela & Others with Jessica Bennett (NYT)
Jessica Bennett has spent her award-winning journalism career focusing a gender lens on social issues and culture — from the persistence of workplace inequality, to cultural trends like Playboy magazine to rebrand and the evolution of Miss America, to the ripple effects of #MeToo. She was the first-ever gender editor of The New York Times and is the author of two bestselling books, Feminist Fight Club: A Survival Manual for a Sexist Workplace (HarperCollins) and This Is 18: Girls’ Lives Through Girls’ Eyes (Abrams). She is an adjunct professor of journalism at NYU. Fun fact: She once wrote a viral piece about her Resting Bitch Face.
In 2021 Jessica wrote a piece that I have been thinking about since then. It was title, Speaking of Britney … What About All Those Other Women? Monica Lewinsky. Janet Jackson. Lindsay Lohan. Whitney Houston. We are living in an era of reappraisals. It questioned if we were rethinking how we treated the the “wild" girls of the 90’s and 2000’s—Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, Pamela Anderson, Monica Lewinsky. We break it down and discuss how we are treating women in the media today and what that means for how we see ourselves and each other.
Follow Jessica on Instagram here
Listen to Jessica’s new podcast: inretropod.com
Think Rich, Act Rich, and Become Rich with Your Rich BFF, Vivian Tu
Why is talking about money more taboo than talking about our sex lives? Vivian Tu wants to break that cycle! As a former Wall Street Trader, Vivian believes everyone should talk more about personal finance. She’s everyone’s Rich BFF creator, breaking down personal finance and investing in simple, fun, and digestible content. If money and personal finance overwhelm you and don’t know where to start, Vivian’s got your back - she breaks down steps to get you started on the road to financial literacy and success. Today she shares:
The biggest factor shaping our POV on money
What she learned NOT to do from Chad + Brad on Wall Street
Is dating with money in mind an good or bad thing to do?
The people who are surprisingly bad with their money
How everyone (including you!) can get rich and the resources to get started
How to set yourself up for long-term success (even in a recession!)
Why you need to ask for a raise every year
The mistakes Vivian sees millennials make with money
The shocking cost of being a woman
Finances in relationships and talking about money with a (potential) partner
Her perspective on splitting rent with a partner
Her thoughts on women buying luxury items
The one item in your bedroom you should not skimp on
Follow Vivian on Instagram @your.richbff and click here to preorder her book, “Rich AF: The Winning Money Mindset That Will Change Your Life
The Audacity to Stand Out + Stand-Up: with Amanda Seales
Comedian + actress Amanda Seales (Insecure) is coming out with a new comedy special–one she wrote, produced, starred in and financed!! Do you know hard that is?! She joins Danielle today for an unfiltered conversation about her long career in Hollywood (the great + the challenging), Hollywood hierarchy, why people forget the entertainment business is a business, and her new unapologetically political comedy doc “In Amanda We Trust.” Today she shares:
What staying the course + resilience in your career really looks + feels like.
Her unfiltered thoughts on the Screen Actor’s Guild and Writers Guild Association strikes impacting Hollywood
Why co-hosting The Real was her last effort to be a part of “the system”
She reveals the co-star she dated on the set of Insecure
Her opinion on friendships with the cast of Insecure + coworkers in general
The story of financing her new standup special “In Amanda We Trust: An Unapologetically Political Comedy Doc” and why it was a game changing
Being brutally honest with herself about what she can handle, and what she can’t
Why the U.S is at a critical time in our political history
She reflects on her miscarriage shortly after her departure from The Real and how it reframed her thinking about what to do next
Her unfiltered thoughts about her social media following and what people project onto her
Follow Amanda on Instagram @amandaseales and check out her comedy special “In Amanda We Trust” on August 18 exclusively at InAmandaWeTrust.com
Danielle is amazing!
I love this podcast! Danielle always conducts her interviews with grace, knowledge, and easy conversations that flow so naturally. Every time I listen to PRETTYSMART I feel informed, empowered, and unified with the women around me. I recommend this podcast to all of my friends. Danielle, your hard work does not go unnoticed. Thank you for a podcast unlike any other.
Best podcast ever!
I’ve learned so much from this podcast. I highly recommend the listen 💜
Women in leadership
I’ve been enjoying the topics that address women in leadership. Can I offer that women in military leadership are often overlooked. Women in the military offer a unique perspective on leadership. We have similar challenges and some specialized ones. We also have a strong sense of purpose that is not just “break things and kill people” as is often myopically attributed to military leaders. I would love to hear military leaders represented and given the chance to share lessons learned. I’ll leave you with Sen Tammy Duckworth and Lt Gen (ret) Michelle D Johnson as examples and interesting case studies. Thanks for the podcast! It’s an uplifting way to spend an hour!