Active Ingredient is a weekly podcast hosted by Sophie Weill where she takes a deep dive into why people do what they do and what it is that drives them. The podcast is a mix of both business stories and soul searching covering people across the board with fancy titles like editors in chiefs, founders and ceos, to under the radar activists who are changing the world one person at a time. The goal is to get to the bottom of how these incredible people discovered their passion, channel their talent consistently and ultimately, how their Active Ingredient is making the world a better place.
If you can get through this, you can get through anything. A lesson on resilience and positivity with Rachel Liverman
Today's episode is with Rachel Liverman the founder of Glowbar, a no fluff facial spa that offers 30 minute customizable facials at $65 dollars. This is Rachel's second time on the podcast and I invited her back because she, like the most of us, has REALLY been tested when it comes to her business. Glowbar had only been open for 9 months before having to shut down due to the pandemic. Her business was entirely closed for 6 months since facials were deemed "phase-less" in New York and still found a way to pivot quickly, work on the foundation of her business and just last week she opened her second location now that facials are finally allowed in NY again and I just knew I had to have her on to talk about resilience and what this experience has taught her.
On this episode I'm talking to her about the rollercoaster that was these 6 months, how she continued to stay so positive, the biggest learnings she's taken during this time, how she rallied her community to get Governor Cuomo's attention when he was ignoring the spa industry as a whole and of course, I ask her if her active ingredient has changed at all since the last time we spoke.
Find Rachel here: https://www.instagram.com/rachelista/
Find Glowbar here: https://www.getglowbar.com/
Find Sophie here: https://www.instagram.com/sophieiweill/
Link to Rachel's first Active Ingredient episode here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/founder-glowbar-on-learning-how-to-listen-to-your-gut/id1466712918?i=1000462344353
Building a hopeful future and freeing the ocean with Mimi Ausland
Mimi Ausland is the founder of Free the Ocean, a website that gives anyone anywhere the opportunity to have a daily impact on the issue of plastic pollution. The way it works is by simply going to FreetheOcean.com and answering the daily trivia question. Just by doing that you fund the removal of 1 piece of plastic from the ocean and coastlines. Free the Ocean works with Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii, and together they have helped remove over 8.5 million pieces of plastic! They now have 30k+ unique daily visitors and people playing from over 160 countries.
Mimi actually started her first passion project at age 12 with a very similar model to Free the Ocean but her mission at the time was to feed animals so she started a website called FreeKibble.com that went viral and was featured on Ellen, Oprah and the Today Show. She then went on to college where she thought she wanted to pursue psychology but instead was confronted with the harsh reality of what our oceans are facing and decided to change paths and create Free the Ocean with the goal of not only cleaning up our oceans but really to work towards a hopeful future.
On today’s episode we talk about Mimi’s journey, she walks us through how she identified her need of creating and giving back, her first steps into creating Free the People, she gives us so many great insights into what is happening with our oceans and easy takeaways that we can all implement into our daily lives to reduce plastic consumption and why paying attention to what moves you is the best indicator in figuring out your Active Ingredient.
Maintaining rituals and fostering relationships with Crown Affair founder Dianna Cohen
Dianna is a master marketer and the founder of Crown Affair, a modern beauty brand on a mission to make haircare an everyday ritual. Before starting Crown Affair, she had an extremely impressive career in marketing and partnerships working in-house at some of the most covetable companies including Into The Gloss, Spring, and Away. She eventually launched her first business, Levitate, a brand strategy and marketing consulting company where she worked with some of the top direct-to-consumer brands including, Harry’s/Flamingo, Outdoor Voices, Yumi, Buck Mason, The Wing, and more.
After running her agency 2 years, she decided she was ready to transition from building other people’s brands to finally launching her own and she launched Crown Affair, a direct to consumer hair care brand with the goal of helping people feel their best with their natural hair. On this episode we talk about Dianna’s many career transitions, how she fell into starting a consulting agency, at what point she realized she was ready to build her own brand and fold her agency, why a business coach was extremely valuable in helping her identify her active ingredient, the importance of maintaining relationships with past co-workers, fundraising, and why rituals are so important in setting the tone for our lives.
Building confidence, having conviction and paying attention to your natural skill sets with Chris Roth
This week's episode is with Chris Roth, Founder and CEO of Highline Wellness - a premium direct to consumer CBD company that offers natural, effective and broad spectrum CBD. Prior to starting Highline, Chris was an Equity Research Sales Director covering e-commerce, internet, consumer and the cannabis space. After attending a Cannabis conference in LA about a year before anyone in NY knew what CBD was he could not get the idea of starting a CBD brand out of his head. As soon as he got back he put pen to paper and decided to quit his stable high paying job on wall street. Not only did he quit before his employer gave him his yearly bonus which is unheard of in the finance industry, he also asked him to invest. His boss ended up giving him his blessing and ended up being his first investor and the rest is history. On today's episode we talk about the details of how Chris went about making his transition from working in finance to starting Highline, why building your confidence is one of the most important attributes when starting a company, having conviction and intent with what you put out in the world, how influencer marketing is the driving force for Highline and paying attention to your natural skill sets and figuring out how to apply them to creating something you believe in. Also, if you want to try Highline products, Chris is offering 30% off to all Active Ingredient listeners with code CHRIS30 at checkout.
Letting go of your "plan" and paying attention to what genuinely interests you with Michelle Cordeiro Grant
Michelle Cordeiro Grant is the Founder and CEO of Lively, a community and brand that inspires women to live passionately, purposefully and confidently through experiences and products including bras, bralettes, undies, swimwear, loungewear, fragrance and active bras. Michelle launched Lively 2016 and has amassed and cultivated a network of 100,000+ ambassadors, opened four stores, and coined the term “Leisurée,” a whole new category blurring the aesthetic lines of lingerie, active, swim, and loungewear focusing on the best elements of high style and ultimate comfort. She grew the business from its concept stage to $105M acquisition in just a few years, beating the odds of female-founded companies and has not only been able to maintain her business throughout the pandemic but has been able to thrive with record breaking sales due to her leadership.
On today’s episode we get into Michelle’s career journey and at what point she decided to make switches throughout her career, why it’s important to let go of what you thought you wanted and pay attention to what actually genuinely excites you and what doesn’t, at what point she had the idea of creating Lively and why she decided to take an intermediate step and work for a startup before taking her first steps in building her own company, tactical ways to build and foster a community and why her team is her biggest driving force.
Problem solving, probiotics and thinking about how you want to spend your time with Ara Katz and Dr. Azza Gadir
This episode is with Ara Katz and Dr. Azza Gadir, two powerhouse women behind Seed, an innovative consumer health company focused on the microbiome which is the collection of trillions of microorganisms which are mostly bacteria, that live in and on the human body. Seed’s daily symbiotic pill combines the best of probiotics and prebiotics developed for systemic benefits such as digestive health, skin health, gut barrier integrity, heart health, micronutrient synthesis and gut immune function.
Ara Katz, is the co-founder and Co-CEO of Seed. Prior to starting Seed, she Co-Founded and served as CMO of Spring, a mobile commerce marketplace and was also on the Founding Team of social commerce company, BeachMint. Ara’s breastfeeding experience led her to the microbiome and inspired a personal mission to explore the importance of microbes and how they can impact the health of our bodies, our children and our planet.
Dr. Azza Gadir is the director of research and development at Seed. She completed her postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School where her published research was focused on the immunological mechanisms that underlie the role of the gut microbiome in conferring protection to diseases early in life. On today’s episode we get into both of their career journeys and what led them to devoting their life to unearthing the microbiome and all of its intricacies, they explain what the microbiome is exactly, what constitutes a probiotic and the dangers of brands marketing anything as a probiotic, how academia and scientific research gets lost in translation to the consumer, what advice they’d give to someone who is trying to find their passion, their love of problem solving and really taking a step back to identify how you want to spend your time and who you want to spend your time with.
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Great concept, inspiring guests, supurbly executed.
I’ve only listened to 3 episodes so far, but Sophie is clearly a talented interviewer, who not only actively listens but also asks all the questions you want her to - and if these questions are not answered to her satisfaction, she’ll dig a little deeper. Great concept, inspiring guests, supurbly executed.
Engaging, thought-provoking and brilliant
There are a lot of companies out there who have podcasts but none compare to this. Sophie asks the questions everyone wants to know, evokes emotion from her guests and makes everyone feel engaged during the entirety of listening. Truly one of my favorite podcasts to listen to!
LOVED the episode with Ara Katz and Dr. Azza Gadir!!
This was such an insightful episode with the women behind Seed. Definitely recommend listening to it - both are such amazing speakers and provide great advice. You won’t regret it!