29 episodes

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.

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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.

    Marketing powerhouse, Aliza Licht, on her career journey, how to approach the new media landscape, and how to leave your mark

    Marketing powerhouse, Aliza Licht, on her career journey, how to approach the new media landscape, and how to leave your mark

    Aliza’s career exploded while she was the SVP of global communications at Donna Karan International where she created and built the voice of the award-winning social personality DKNY PR GIRL which was kept anonymous for years before revealing she was the sassy voice behind the tweets. She organically built a multi-platform community of over 1.5mm followers for DKNY, and was one of - if not the first - marketers to humanize a brand and give it an honest and trusted voice. Thanks to the attention the twitter account received, she landed a book deal and authored  the best-selling book, LEAVE YOUR MARK that has been translated into Spanish, Chinese, and Russian and is ranked #5 in Book Authority's "Best Career Development Books of All Time." Let me just say that I read Leave Your Mark right out of college and it was the first-ever career advice book I had ever read and she was one of my very first career role models so you can imagine that this is a very crazy full circle moment for me to be interviewing her on Active Ingredient. Like I honestly can’t believe it. Anyway, Leave Your Mark continues to live on and is now the title of her recently launched podcast, Leave Your Mark the podcast where she brews fresh career advice weekly with some of her most successful and dynamic friends. Aliza has received many accolades but to name a few she has been featured on the cover of The New York Times Style section in the article “Who Will Be America’s Next Top Mentor?” She is a TEDx speaker, a five-time Fashion 2.0 award winner, and been named one of Time's "Six Women Who Rule the Fashion World” and New York DAily News’ list of “Top 50 Most Powerful Women in New York,” 
    On this episode we talk about her incredible career journey from editorial to public relations to authoring a book, consulting and launching a podcast, we talk about how public relations has drastically changed with the rise of social media and the decline of print, how podcasts are the new media real estate to pay attention to, we talk about the power and importance of humanizing a brand and of course we get into the power of connection and creating meaningful relationships.  

    • 52 min
    On completely pivoting career paths, building the first online bakery, and why paying attention to your hobbies is key

    On completely pivoting career paths, building the first online bakery, and why paying attention to your hobbies is key

    Dana Pollack is the CEO & Founder of Dana's Bakery, the first gluten free & kosher D2C online bakery specializing in creative macaron flavors (like Everything Bagel and Chocolate-Covered Strawberry) and viral desserts (like Rainbow Black & White Cookies and Mookies™). After a 10 year career in editorial photography, Dana had a literal "AHA" moment while working for a top-tier publication and decided that is not what she wanted to do for the rest of her life. She put pen to paper and wrote down what her favorite hobbies were and baking was one of them. She then decided to enroll in culinary school and built Dana's Bakery, one of the first direct to consumer online baked goods companies. On today's episode we talk about Dana's photography career, what steps she took to make her bakery dream come true, why she decided to go direct to consumer, how social media has played a huge role for her and what it was about baking that she knew would have longevity.

    • 43 min
    The queen of chill, Cyndi Ramirez, on how she created a new category for self-care and not subscribing to traditional business models

    The queen of chill, Cyndi Ramirez, on how she created a new category for self-care and not subscribing to traditional business models

    Cyndi is the founder and CEO of Chillhouse, which is a destination for modern self-care. Chillhouse was born when Cyndi and her husband, Adam, were looking to get massages one day and there were two options - to either get a ridiculously expensive massage and break the bank or get a massage at a questionable establishment where the ambiance was less than exciting - and they realized there was a huge gap in the market and a demand for what would soon become Chillhouse. Chillhouse, which currently has two locations in NY, offers new-age spa offerings like facials, massages, nail and pedicure services alongside a wellness cafe.

    On today’s episode we talk about what Cyndi was like as a kid, how she dropped out of college, we get into her background in hospitality and her first businesses and side jobs, what it’s like to go into business with your husband or partner and how they establish boundaries, how she leveraged her first blog to network and connect with people who have now been integral to the success of Chillhouse, and what her hope is with the next phase of Chillhouse.

    • 1 hr
    Chelsea Leyland on removing your mask and living your truth, being of service and the healing power of medical cannabis

    Chelsea Leyland on removing your mask and living your truth, being of service and the healing power of medical cannabis

    Chelsea Leyland rose to it-girl status by DJing some of the most covetable fashion and art events and has traveled the world playing for Chanel, Vogue, the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, and many other impressive events. But at some point along the way, she felt as though she was quote un quote "living the dream" but felt entirely unfulfilled. Something most people didn't know during her rise to fame was that not only was she was coping with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy, which she has been battling since her early teenage years, but she has also been coping with her older sister, Tamsin's, very severe epileptic journey as well. For the last two years, she has been treating her epilepsy with CBD after weaning herself off of all pharmaceutical drugs and through this experience she has become a leading advocate for the de-stigmatization of both epilepsy and medicinal cannabis, fighting on behalf of her sister and patients everywhere for fair access to safe cannabis medicine. On today's episode we talk about having to really dig deep to the root of why it is we do certain things, we talk about how during her DJ years she felt as though she was wearing a mask and wasn't fully aligned with her purpose, we get into her introduction to cannabis, how she went from hiding her condition to now co-producing and featuring in the documentary "Separating The Strains" which explores the medicinal cannabis industry and the world of epilepsy and other neurodegenerative diseases and ultimately we get into how she defines success these days.

    • 47 min
    On the importance of spending quality time in the outdoors, tuning into nature and building community

    On the importance of spending quality time in the outdoors, tuning into nature and building community

    Today's episode is with Nichole Powell, the founder and CEO of Kinfield, a personal care brand rooted in the joy of being outdoors that is pioneering non-toxic solutions for recreation, nature and every day use. Kinfield recently launched with a trio of products—Golden Hour (a DEET-free mosquito repellent), Sunday Spray (a cooling after-sun aloe mist), and the Waterbalm (moisturizing balm for the face and body). Inspiration for Kinfield struck in the summer of 2017 when Nichole was packing for a camping trip to (yo-semetie) and saw a need for clean, effective, modern products to use in the outdoors—which led her to leave her role as Head of Business Development at Modern Citizen in early 2018 to build Kinfield full time, and launched the brand in June 2019.
    On today’s episode we talk about her deep love of traveling and of the outdoors, the power of community, why she chose to file her company as a b-corp and what that process was like, the importance always remembering what you’re solving for, and her mission is to encourage people connect with each other as often as possible in the outdoors.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Founder of Glowbar on learning how to listen to your gut, the importance of asking for help, and why less is more when it comes to skincare

    Founder of Glowbar on learning how to listen to your gut, the importance of asking for help, and why less is more when it comes to skincare

    Rachel Liverman is the co-founder and CEO of GLOWBAR, a new skincare concept disrupting the spa industry with no-fluff 30-minute, customized and solution-oriented treatments at $65. As a third-generation esthetician, Rachel struggled to find an effective, accessible and trustworthy source for consistent facial treatments administered by expertly trained estheticians. She channelled her multigenerational knowledge in skincare into creating a solution and she decided to work with the first accredited esthetics school in the country (founded by her grandmother and now owned by her mother), The Catherine Hinds Institute of Esthetics, to research consumer and esthetician challenges before officially launching GLOWBAR in June 2019.

    On today’s episode we talk about Rachel’s career journey and how she worked up the ranks in the beauty industry for 10 years working with brands like Birchbox, BeautyBlender and Stila before taking the leap to start Glowbar, we talk about her first steps in building Glowbar, she explains why she decided to go the co-founder route, and of course we get into her best beauty tips and SPOILER ALERT, less is more.

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

gabriela L nyc ,

Love this pod!!

Perfect for anyone looking for a career boost. Such an array of amazing guests!

hummusmeetspizza ,

The best podcast

Truly enjoyed listening to episode after another with a host who hit spot on with great questions. Top list podcast.

npardo7 ,

Couldn’t do mornings without active ingredient

Incredibly thoughtful, honest and inspiring!!!! The guests always bring such a cool perspective but fav part is Sophie interviewing!!!!

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