45 episodes

The Dear Twentysomething podcast started because we wanted to create a space for ambitious and curious twentysomethings to connect with the successful changemakers they most look up to.

A bit about me (your host!)... I'm Erica Wenger, a twentysomething entrepreneur and investor, and I'm so grateful for this badass community of twentysomethings who are here to get knowledge and be inspired!

While the twenties can be a time full of questions and doubts, we’re here to humanize the whole thing. Sometimes you’ll hear from successful trailblazers who come on to share the highs and lows of their 20s, and other times you’ll hear words of wisdom from experts who will speak on a topic relevant for twentysomethings. And then on occasion, it’ll just be me on the mic hosting an episode where I share a recent reflection or story from my own life as I too am navigating this wild decade. Thank you for being here!

Podcasts released every TUESDAY.

Dear Twentysomething Erica Wenger

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    • 5.0 • 53 Ratings

The Dear Twentysomething podcast started because we wanted to create a space for ambitious and curious twentysomethings to connect with the successful changemakers they most look up to.

A bit about me (your host!)... I'm Erica Wenger, a twentysomething entrepreneur and investor, and I'm so grateful for this badass community of twentysomethings who are here to get knowledge and be inspired!

While the twenties can be a time full of questions and doubts, we’re here to humanize the whole thing. Sometimes you’ll hear from successful trailblazers who come on to share the highs and lows of their 20s, and other times you’ll hear words of wisdom from experts who will speak on a topic relevant for twentysomethings. And then on occasion, it’ll just be me on the mic hosting an episode where I share a recent reflection or story from my own life as I too am navigating this wild decade. Thank you for being here!

Podcasts released every TUESDAY.

    Personal Branding EXPLAINED ft. Jessica Zweig: Founder & CEO of Simply Be Agency and Author of "Be"

    Personal Branding EXPLAINED ft. Jessica Zweig: Founder & CEO of Simply Be Agency and Author of "Be"

    This week we chat with the queen of personal branding, Jessica Zweig. 




    Jessica Zweig is the CEO of the Simply Be Agency, an internationally award winning personal branding firm with offices in Chicago and Nashville, serving clients across the globe.  She is the author of #1 best selling book, “Be. - A No B.S. Guide to Increasing Your Self Worth and Net Worth by Simply Being Yourself.”




    Facilitating sold- out workshops and global masterminds, Jessica speaks on the power of personal branding to the world’s biggest corporations. On a mission to debunk the perception that personal branding is an act of vanity, Jessica hustles so that, when done right, personal branding is an act of service, a social responsibility, and a positive investment toward a positive future.




    In this explained episode, the pair breakdown the transition from chasing acting dreams to pursuing a career in entrepreneurship and branding. Conversations on the chicago blog that changed it all, clarity and depth in branding, and her journey to consulting are truly just a glimpse into this episode. 




    Twentysomethings, get ready for an hour with the chicago hustler and expert on personal branding, Jessica Zweig!



    Follow Us!
    Jessica Zweig: @jessicazweig
    Simply Be Branding Agency: @simplybeagency (and website here)
    "Be" #1 Selling Book: (on amazon here)

    Erica Wenger: @erica_wenger
    Dear Twentysomething: @deartwentysomething

    • 40 min
    Justine Palefsky: Co-Founder of Kindred

    Justine Palefsky: Co-Founder of Kindred

    This week we chat with Justine Palefsky.




    Justine is the co-founder and CEO of Kindred, where she focuses on customer experience and brand. Before founding Kindred, Justine was part of the early team at Opendoor where she launched several markets, developed the home Trade-Up product, and scaled the company’s unique Self-Tour program. With years of business experience in her back pocket, Justine is here to tell us all about it!




    In this episode, the pair recall Justine’s journey from a neuroscience degree to a career centered in customer experience. Reflecting on the enlightening turning-points in her career path, Justine relates her data gathering mindset to her ability to make choices that change the trajectory of her life. Justine explains her journey to Kindred and highlights ideas and events that formed this successful “give to get” business. Conversations on watching the clock tick on, the importance of observation, and “anti-cash incentives” are just the beginning…




    Twentysomethings, if you’re feeling lost and can’t determine the next right thing, this is the episode for you, get ready for this one-hour interview that will leave you hopeful for what’s to come with Justine Palefsky!



    Follow Us!
    Justine Palefsky: @justinepalefsky
    Kindred: @livekindred (and website here)

    Erica Wenger: @erica_wenger
    Dear Twentysomething: @deartwentysomething

    • 59 min
    Solo Episode: Social Entrepreneurship 101

    Solo Episode: Social Entrepreneurship 101

    This week we’re bringing you the first solo episode of September with our host, Erica Wenger! 



    The queen of social entrepreneurship herself is here to tell us all about what exactly this career entails while breaking down the ins and outs of her journey to success in her early twenties.




    In this episode, Erica offers concrete definitions and dives into the various elements that play into the world of social entrepreneurship. Bringing to light social dilemmas, Erica offers real-world examples of how this form of entrepreneurship tackles these problems with tangible solutions. Conversations on larger world issues and grassroots entrepreneurship are just the start as Erica covers it ALL this week!




    Twentysomethings, the guessing game ends here. What is social entrepreneurship? Listen now for these answers and more with our host, Erica Wenger!

    • 35 min
    Irene Forte: Founder & CEO of Irene Forte Skincare

    Irene Forte: Founder & CEO of Irene Forte Skincare

    This week we chat with Irene Forte. 




    Irene is the founder and driving force behind Irene Forte Skincare, and a renowned leader in wellness. In 2018, Irene debuted her eponymous skincare line, which was initially launched into all Rocco Forte Spas and as hotel in-room amenities.




    In this episode, Irene takes us back to the start of her entrepreneurial journey touching on childhood dreams and ambitions of making money. Side jobs during summers in Tuscany prepared her for her try at their family business of luxury hotels. Having worked all of the departments throughout the hotels, Irene found the hotel spas were lacking enriching products, and then discovered her niche for skincare!




    Twentysomethings, get ready for an episode of full circle moments and perseverance with Irene Forte!



    Follow Us!
    Irene Forte: @ireneforte
    Irene Forte Skincare: @ireneforteskincare (and website here)

    Erica Wenger: @erica_wenger
    Dear Twentysomething: @deartwentysomething

    • 37 min
    Dating EXPLAINED ft. Ilana Dunn: Dating Expert & Podcast Host

    Dating EXPLAINED ft. Ilana Dunn: Dating Expert & Podcast Host

    This week we chat with Ilana Dunn, often referred to as “the face of modern dating.” She hosts Seeing Other People, a Top 100 Apple Relationships podcast and Spotify Top 50 Viral Podcast dedicated to helping people feel less alone and more empowered in their dating lives.



    Formerly the Face of Hinge and the host of Hinge’s “Dating Sucks” podcast which debuted at #3 on the Apple Podcasts US Relationship charts, Ilana helps individuals all over the world navigate the struggles of modern dating. Ilana also hosts the Snapchat show “Screening for Love”, has been featured in The Washington Post, Bustle, and PopSugar, and is taking on the digital world with her social media content currently reaching 10M+ people each week.



    In this explained episode, the pair recall the viral breakup video that launched Ilana's career into starting her own podcast. Conversations on selling yourself short, navigating the world of dating, and personal branding are just the beginning.



    Twentysomethings, get ready for an hour with the viral sensation and dating expert of our generation, Ilana Dunn!



    Follow Us!
    Ilana Dunn: @ilana.dunn
    Seeing Other People: @seeingotherpeople (Listen on Apple & Spotify)

    Erica Wenger: @erica_wenger
    Dear Twentysomething: @deartwentysomething

    • 50 min
    Karika Patel: CEO & ReFounder of Seed Phytonutrients

    Karika Patel: CEO & ReFounder of Seed Phytonutrients

    This week we chat with Karika Patel. 



    Karika is the CEO and ReFounder of Seed Phytonutrients, a family-run clean beauty brand on a mission to craft formulas that are trusted and trendy with minimal impact on the planet. From family vacations to the foothills of the Himalayas to source unique new raw materials to attending beauty trade shows as a little girl, Karika was practically raised by beauty-motivating and inspiring her to one day make her own dedicated place in the beauty universe.



    In this episode, the pair revisit the challenges and milestones throughout Karika’s twenties. Following Karika’s journey of transforming childhood dreams of medicine to an entrepreneurial career years later, the pair cover it all. Conversations on familial influence, career-changing phone calls, and leveraging networks are just a peek into this episode…



    Twentysomethings, get ready for an hour full of stories and wisdom featuring Karika Patel!


    Follow Us!
    Seed Phytonutrients: @seedphytonutrients (and website here)

    Erica Wenger: @erica_wenger
    Dear Twentysomething: @deartwentysomething

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
53 Ratings

53 Ratings

saradoane ,

all the entrepreneurial inspo i need!

thank you erica! love your show :)

kirstennnn123 ,

Love this podcast

Navigating your 20’s is such an important (and yet often overlooked) topic. Such an inspiring and motivating show. HIGHLY recommend!!

pew12345 ,

Absolutely recommend!

Such an informative and relatable podcast with amazing guests and great conversation. 5 stars!

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