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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.

    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
    Alexandra Fine On Breaking Boundaries In Business

    Alexandra Fine On Breaking Boundaries In Business

    When Alexandra Fine co-founded Dame, a women-founded sex toy company looking to close the pleasure gap, not everyone was on board with her vision. She got a lot of pushback - from traditional investors to advertisers - as she sought to change how the world looked at sex toys and pleasure. So this week: we spoke to Alexandra about how she navigated those obstacles and came up with creative solutions to get Dame off the ground.
    In this episode, Alexandra shares: 

    How they funded the businesses when investors said ‘no’ 

    How she’s built her team 

    Why Dame has to get creative with how they advertise their products 

    How she overcame people who doubted her mission 

    Why Dame is suing the MTA 


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    • 30 min
    Esther Perel On Navigating Workplace Dynamics

    Esther Perel On Navigating Workplace Dynamics

    We spend a lot of time - if not most of our time - at work. And that means: the relationships we have with our colleagues matter, and can impact how satisfied we are with our jobs. So this week, we talked to world-famous psychotherapist Esther Perel about how to create meaningful relationships with our coworkers. And why our interpersonal skills are just as important as any of the skills we list on our resume. 
    In this episode, Esther shares: 

    How to have difficult conversations in the office 

    How managers can create trust on teams 

    How to build relationships with colleagues virtually 

    Why she does “couples therapy” for bosses and direct reports 

    What a “relationship resume” is 


    PS: Want to hear more from Esther? Check out her podcasts, and her new card game, here.
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    • 34 min
    Rashida Jones On Mentorship

    Rashida Jones On Mentorship

    Mentors at work. We know they’re good to have, but there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to finding one. They can be someone on your team, someone in your company, or someone in a totally different line of work. But no matter who it is, there are some best practices when it comes to starting - and maintaining - those relationships. This week, we talked to Rashida Jones, president of MSNBC, to learn how she found mentors - and how she sustained those relationships throughout her career. 
    In this episode, Rashida shares: 

    What she goes to her mentors for

    How to start looking for a mentor 

    How to push past the awkwardness of those first few convos  

    Why mentees have to drive the relationship 

    Why it’s good to have more than one mentor 

    How to be direct with mentors about what you want to get out of the relationship 

    How to transition from mentee to mentor


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    • 29 min

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