317 episodes

Less than 2% of female founders ever break 1M in revenue. We’re on a mission to change that. Welcome to CEO School. I'm your host, Suneera Madhani, and each week, you’ll learn from incredible mentors who’ve made it to the 2% club and women well on their way. But first, a few class rules. Grab your seat because we’re here to get sh*t done. We’re one team, one dream. And we believe that we deserve to have it all because nothing bad happens when women make more money. You’re a real business now. Class is officially in session.

CEO School Suneera Madhani

    • Business
    • 4.9 • 368 Ratings

Less than 2% of female founders ever break 1M in revenue. We’re on a mission to change that. Welcome to CEO School. I'm your host, Suneera Madhani, and each week, you’ll learn from incredible mentors who’ve made it to the 2% club and women well on their way. But first, a few class rules. Grab your seat because we’re here to get sh*t done. We’re one team, one dream. And we believe that we deserve to have it all because nothing bad happens when women make more money. You’re a real business now. Class is officially in session.

    309. Is Your Brand Telling a Genuine Story? With LVMH’s Former Chair of North America, Pauline Brown

    309. Is Your Brand Telling a Genuine Story? With LVMH’s Former Chair of North America, Pauline Brown

    Recorded live from the iconic New York Stock Exchange, this episode brings you an exhilarating discussion featuring Pauline Brown. Dive deep into Pauline's inspiring journey to becoming a powerhouse in the luxury brand industry. The conversation covers her tenure at Estee Lauder, her insights on brand building, and her transition to a fulfilling entrepreneurial path. Tune in for actionable advice on authenticity in branding, harnessing aesthetic intelligence, and balancing professional success with personal joy. By the end of this episode, listeners will gain a treasure trove of wisdom on standing out in saturated markets and leading with both strength and grace.

    Connect with Pauline: https://www.instagram.com/paulinegarrisbrown/?hl=en

    Connect with CEO School: https://www.instagram.com/ceoschool/

    Are you ready to take your leadership skills to the next level?

    Join my exclusive, 8-week coaching program, and gather the right tools and resources to scale your business effectively and sustainably.

    Entrepreneurship is hard and the road is overwhelming, lonely, and uncertain. By joining The Accelerator, you go from bearing the pressure of scaling your business to learning from a 9-figure founder and expert.

    Visit: TheCEOSchool.co/Accelerator today. 

    Elevate your leadership. Elevate your success. Don't miss out. Join The CEO School Accelerator now.

    Shop our Merch: https://theceoschool.co/the-shop

    • 23 min
    308. How Rebecca Minkoff and Ali Wyatt Are Cultivating a Community of Powerful Female Founders

    308. How Rebecca Minkoff and Ali Wyatt Are Cultivating a Community of Powerful Female Founders

    This engaging session featuring Rebecca Minkoff and Ali Wyatt, recorded amidst the buzz of Female Founder Day in New York City, delves into the powerful narratives of overcoming isolation in entrepreneurship, the creation of support communities, and the tangible impact of collective knowledge. Rebecca Minkoff shares her journey from feeling alone at the helm of her fashion empire to pioneering a vibrant community that champions woman-owned businesses. Together with Ali Wyatt, they explore the synthesis of education, community, and real-life challenges women face in the business world. Listeners will come away inspired, armed with actionable insights, and a deeper understanding of how to navigate the often lonely path of entrepreneurship with confidence and support.

    Connect with Rebecca: https://www.instagram.com/rebeccaminkoff/?hl=en

    Connect with Ali: https://www.instagram.com/alikwyatt7/?hl=en

    Connect with CEO School: https://www.instagram.com/ceoschool/

    Are you ready to take your leadership skills to the next level?

    Join my exclusive, 8-week coaching program, and gather the right tools and resources to scale your business effectively and sustainably.

    Entrepreneurship is hard and the road is overwhelming, lonely, and uncertain. By joining The Accelerator, you go from bearing the pressure of scaling your business to learning from a 9-figure founder and expert.

    Visit: TheCEOSchool.co/Accelerator today. 

    Elevate your leadership. Elevate your success. Don't miss out. Join The CEO School Accelerator now.

    Shop our Merch: https://theceoschool.co/the-shop

    • 28 min
    307. Failure is the Main Ingredient: 2 Michelin Star Chef Emma Bengtsson’s Recipe for Success

    307. Failure is the Main Ingredient: 2 Michelin Star Chef Emma Bengtsson’s Recipe for Success

    Meet a woman who cooked her way to the top in New York City’s fiercely competitive culinary scene.

    In this electrifying kickoff episode of CEO School live from the iconic New York Stock Exchange, host Suneera Madhani sits down with the extraordinary two-star Michelin chef, Emma Bengtsson. Diving deep into the male-dominated world of haute cuisine, Emma shares her inspiring journey from a childhood inspired by family matriarchs to spearheading Aquavit, a top-tier Swedish restaurant in the heart of Manhattan. Amid the buzz of the Women’s Exchange Summit, they explore the challenges of maintaining culinary excellence, the intricate dance of managing a high-end restaurant’s backend, and Emma’s personal coping mechanisms under relentless pressure. 

    Listeners will leave equipped with a richer understanding of the complexities behind culinary stardom and restaurant management, along with actionable insights on navigating male-dominated industries. Additionally, they will feel energized by the powerful stories of what it means to forge a path where women are underrepresented, making this session a source of motivation for anyone needing a dash of inspiration to chase their professional dreams.

    Connect with Emma: https://www.instagram.com/emmabengtsson.chef/

    Connect with CEO School: https://www.instagram.com/ceoschool/

    Are you ready to take your leadership skills to the next level?

    Join my exclusive, 8-week coaching program, and gather the right tools and resources to scale your business effectively and sustainably.

    Entrepreneurship is hard and the road is overwhelming, lonely, and uncertain. By joining The Accelerator, you go from bearing the pressure of scaling your business to learning from a 9-figure founder and expert.

    Visit: TheCEOSchool.co/Accelerator today. 

    Elevate your leadership. Elevate your success. Don't miss out. Join The CEO School Accelerator now.

    Shop our Merch: https://theceoschool.co/the-shop

    • 24 min
    306. Empire in a Bottle: How Kat Hantas Took 21Seeds Tequila from Zero to Exit in 3 Years Using Femme Powered Business Strategies

    306. Empire in a Bottle: How Kat Hantas Took 21Seeds Tequila from Zero to Exit in 3 Years Using Femme Powered Business Strategies

    Ever wondered how a casual dinner party inspiration turned into a $160 million business? 
    Discover how Kat's transition to creating a market-disrupting infused tequila brand was sparked by personal health advice and a gap in the spirits market. From kitchen experiments to commanding a presence in a male-dominated industry, learn about the strategies Kat used to navigate regulatory hurdles, attract a niche market, and eventually sell her company for a whopping $160 million. Kat and Suneera delve into the importance of women empowering women, leveraging personal networks, and understanding consumer needs to create a successful brand. Gain insights into choosing the right investors, making strategic business decisions, and planning an effective exit to maximize company value.

    Listeners will come away with a wealth of knowledge on turning a simple idea into a lucrative business, the importance of brand positioning, and specific advice for women entrepreneurs aiming to make their mark in competitive industries. Whether you're an aspiring entrepreneur or a seasoned business owner, Kat's story offers inspiration and practical strategies that can be applied to any business venture. Tune in to learn, grow, and be motivated to take your next bold step in the business world!

    Connect with Kat: https://www.instagram.com/kathantas/

    Connect with CEO School: https://www.instagram.com/ceoschool/

    Are you ready to take your leadership skills to the next level?

    Join my exclusive, 8-week coaching program, and gather the right tools and resources to scale your business effectively and sustainably.

    Entrepreneurship is hard and the road is overwhelming, lonely, and uncertain. By joining The Accelerator, you go from bearing the pressure of scaling your business to learning from a 9-figure founder and expert.

    Visit: TheCEOSchool.co/Accelerator today. 

    Elevate your leadership. Elevate your success. Don't miss out. Join The CEO School Accelerator now.

    Shop our Merch: https://theceoschool.co/the-shop

    • 39 min
    305. Poppi's Phenomenal Rise: Allison Ellsworth's Journey from Shark Tank to Amazon's #1 Soda and Super Bowl Stardom

    305. Poppi's Phenomenal Rise: Allison Ellsworth's Journey from Shark Tank to Amazon's #1 Soda and Super Bowl Stardom

    In this thrilling episode of CEO School, Suneera is joined by Allison Ellsworth, founder of the trailblazing beverage brand Poppi Soda. Diving into the high-fizz tension of snagging a last-minute Super Bowl ad spot, Allison reveals how her commercial not only caught the attention of over 29 million viewers but also disrupted the soda industry dominated by giants like Coke and Pepsi.

    Allison shares the journey of Poppi since its bold launch in 2020, now the number-one soda on Amazon and a social media sensation. Discover how authenticity on platforms like TikTok can supercharge a brand, and why going viral means staying true to your voice.
    Learn the wisdom behind choosing what to invest in, building a stellar team, and why sometimes letting go is the best way to grow. Discover why putting your health first isn't just good sense, it's good business, and hear how to leave a fizzing impact on the next generation of consumers.

    By the end of this episode, you're not only going to be inspired by Allison's journey and the milestones of Poppy Soda, but you'll be equipped with real-world advice on brand building, motherhood, health, and financial savvy. 

    Connect with Allison: https://www.instagram.com/allisonellsworth/

    Connect with CEO School: https://www.instagram.com/ceoschool/

    Are you ready to take your leadership skills to the next level?

    Join my exclusive, 8-week coaching program, and gather the right tools and resources to scale your business effectively and sustainably.

    Entrepreneurship is hard and the road is overwhelming, lonely, and uncertain. By joining The Accelerator, you go from bearing the pressure of scaling your business to learning from a 9-figure founder and expert.

    Visit: TheCEOSchool.co/Accelerator today. 

    Elevate your leadership. Elevate your success. Don't miss out. Join The CEO School Accelerator now.

    Shop our Merch: https://theceoschool.co/the-shop

    • 36 min
    304. From Immigrant Dreams to Tech Queen: How Criya's Deb Dutta is Redefining Success for Female Founders

    304. From Immigrant Dreams to Tech Queen: How Criya's Deb Dutta is Redefining Success for Female Founders

    Get ready to be inspired by the incredible journey of Deb Dutta, an immigrant founder who shattered barriers to triumph in the tech world with her company, Criya. Deb shares her story about her roots in India and her experience navigating the challenges of Silicon Valley. Discover how Deb defied the odds by securing a $5 million seed round amidst a competitive venture capital landscape and how her startup leverages AI to empower professionals and entrepreneurs with personal branding. Tune in to hear actionable insights on how Deb circumvented visa roadblocks and the strategies used to raise capital. By the end, you'll be equipped with the tips and confidence to start building or boosting your tech venture, with or without a co-founder, and why having a robust personal online presence is your new business card in the digital age. 

    Connect with Deb: https://www.instagram.com/debduttaofficial

    Connect with CEO School: https://www.instagram.com/ceoschool/

    At CEO School, we have created incredible communities to support thousands of women making their way to the 2% club. We believe that Nothing Bad Happens When Women Make More Money.

    Whether you’re at the beginning stages of your business or you’re ready to create a successful exit, we have the exact tools and resources you need to finally reach your next level. Learn more about The Founders Club: https://theceoschool.com/

    Shop our Merch: https://theceoschool.co/the-shop

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
368 Ratings

368 Ratings

Colettedances ,

Legit

Thoughtful questions! Practical and useable tips and insider knowledge - clearly presented by successful entrepreneur wanting to empower others! Loved it!

zalexa ,

Good!

This podcast has great info and awesome guests

mypinkpaisley ,

Let the guests speak

The guests are amazing, the show has great moments and intent but the host does not allow the guests to speak. Ideally, the host will start to focus more on interviewing the guests instead of turning the show towards the hosts’ story/history/experiences. Host is eloquent and a good speaker but I tune in to hear the guests. Thanks

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