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.
Special Election Episode: Governor Nikki Haley
Today, we’ve got a special bonus episode of “9 to 5ish” for you. Our guest is Nikki Haley, the former governor of South Carolina and former US Ambassador to the United Nations during the Trump Administration. She’s currently running for the Republican nomination for president. In this episode, we talk to Governor Haley about the job she wants, running against her former boss, and her positions on reproductive rights, the economy, and more.
At theSkimm, we’ve mobilized hundreds of thousands of women to vote. And it’s important that we hear directly from the candidates about the policy positions that impact women. We’ve also invited President Biden and former president Trump to sit down with us.
"Fashion’s Godmother," Fern Mallis on Why Being Nice is Underrated
Fern Mallis – aka “fashion’s godmother” – is a legend in the industry. She’s the founder of New York Fashion Week and the former executive director of the Council of Fashion Designers of America. Over decades working behind the scenes, Fern has seen it all – from disasters, to demanding personalities, to less-than-friendly behavior. So it makes sense that Fern told us her best piece of career advice is refreshingly simple: Just be nice. Your move, Miranda Priestly.
In this episode, Fern shares:
Her behind-the-scenes look into the fashion world
The origin story of Fashion Week
How she’s thought about reinventing herself and her career
Why she’s never stuck to a career plan
How she got her biggest opportunities by raising her hand
Psst: Need a movie rec? Catch “Scrambled,” at a theater near you starting February 2nd. Rated R, under 17 not admitted without parent.
Summersalt's Co-Founders on the Secrets to Growing a Business
Lori Coulter and Reshma Chattaram Chamberlin are the co-founders of Summersalt, the clothing brand that launched in 2017 with perfect-fit swimsuits. Now, Summersalt has expanded to offer activewear, apparel, and loungewear, and has raised over $25 million dollars. In today’s episode, Lori and Reshma walk us through how they built the brand, why they decided to partner with each other, and what people don’t tell you about being an entrepreneur.
In this episode, Lori and Reshma share:
How they created a brand that’s unapologetically for women
Their advice for future entrepreneurs
How the fundraising landscape has changed for brands
Why connecting to your customer is critical
Marianna Hewitt on How to Set, Keep, and Work Towards Your Intentions
Influencer, Summer Fridays co-founder, and podcast host Marianna Hewitt does everything with intention. She’s become an expert at creating habits and routines that set her up for success and allow her to prioritize her own happiness. Today, we spoke with the beauty creator and founder about how she’s been intentional throughout her career, and about her most successful habits and hacks.
In this episode, Marianna shares:
How growing up living between Ohio and Germany influenced her career
Her process for taking inventory of her career and checking in with herself
How she sets boundaries and says “no”
Her journey launching Summer Fridays
How to actually reduce your screen time and mend your relationship with social media
Julie Rice and Elizabeth Cutler on How to Improve Your Relationships
Julie Rice and Elizabeth Cutler are two-time wellness founders. Their first business, SoulCycle, revolutionized the wellness, fitness, and fashion industries (they basically invented athleisure). Now, their second venture is focused on exercising a different muscle – our relational fitness. We spoke with Julie and Elizabeth about how relationships have been the key to their success, and how they’ve learned to navigate hard professional and personal conversations.
In this episode, Julie and Elizabeth share:
Why relational fitness is essential to being a better professional – and how to improve yours
When they knew it was time to exit SoulCycle
How they manage and nurture their partnership
How the brand of SoulCycle exploded
What it takes to build more than one business
Estée Lauder's Executive Group President, Jane Hertzmark Hudis, on Why Relationships Are Everything
Jane Hertzmark Hudis is one of the most prominent beauty executives in the country. As an executive group president of the Estée Lauder Companies – the organization she’s been at for over 30 years – she oversees some of the biggest beauty brands in the world, including Tom Ford Beauty and La Mer. Her secret to making it to the top? Embrace the beauty of connections, find mentors, and hire a team you can learn from.
In this episode, Jane shares:
Why it’s crucial to hire people who are smarter than you
Her tips for making work travel more bearable
Her experience raising children while on the executive track
How she thought about growing her career at one company
What Kendall Jenner taught her about social media
Amazing woman. Amazing interview. Loved her thoughts on men in mentorship for women, and not being a person (man or woman) that climbed the ladder and pulled it up behind them. 💯
Very grounded. Incredibly authentic. A home run here. Well done. And THANK YOU!
Platforming an Anti-Abortion Politician
I LOVE this podcast! I often find that my podcast feed is filled with male voices, stories and perspective, and it’s so refreshing to have 3 women each episode talk about business! I learn something new every time.
I often send friends and colleagues this podcast, and want to send them quotes from the episode to get them hooked. I wish you all provided a transcript so it was easy to quote and search in the episode to give better recommendations to friends!