36 episodes

You are a business owner who wants to prioritize people and planet over profits (without sacrificing success). That can feel lonely—but you are not alone! Join host Becky Mollenkamp for in-depth conversations with experts and other founders about how to build a more equitable world through entrepreneurship. It’s time to change the business landscape for good!

Feminist Founders Becky Mollenkamp

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    • 5.0 • 23 Ratings

You are a business owner who wants to prioritize people and planet over profits (without sacrificing success). That can feel lonely—but you are not alone! Join host Becky Mollenkamp for in-depth conversations with experts and other founders about how to build a more equitable world through entrepreneurship. It’s time to change the business landscape for good!

    Doing Business Differently with Becky Mollenkamp

    Doing Business Differently with Becky Mollenkamp

    Check it out: The Feminist Founders Guide to Building Your Dream LifeA guided workbook to clarify your equity-centered vision and craft a you-centered plan for making it happen ($15, available on Amazon): https://amzn.to/4aSzeBk
    NOTE: Feminist Founders is a listener-funded podcast. Your contributions enable me to continue bringing you these important conversations. To support the mission, sign up for a paid Substack subscription at https://feministfounders.substack.com/ 
    In this special episode of Feminist Founders, host Becky Mollenkamp switches roles and is interviewed by her friend and communication strategist, Arden Evenson. Arden dives deep into Becky’s transformative approach to business coaching, including breaking down capitalist, patriarchal structures and building businesses that support your values and the people who work with you.
    Becky Mollenkamp (she/they) is a feminist business coach who helps entrepreneurs make the leap from "small business owner" to CEO without acting out of alignment with their values.
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    Discussed in this episode:
    How Becky’s business philosophy is outside capitalist normsThe problem with Corporate AmericaNavigating anti-capitalist financialsBecky’s approach to humane hiring and managementHow Becky talks to clients about marketing and salesThe importance of hustle-free operationsThe differences between managers and leadersA detailed description of Becky's coaching approachThe importance of aligning business practices with personal valuesResource mentioned:
    Sustainable Business BlueprintSpecial Thanks: A big thank you to Arden Evenson for hosting this episode and facilitating an insightful conversation.
    Learn more about accountability coaching with host Becky Mollenkamp at https://beckymollenkamp.com

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Representing Change with Bianca Jordan

    Representing Change with Bianca Jordan

    Check it out: The Feminist Founders Guide to Building Your Dream LifeA guided workbook to clarify your equity-centered vision and craft a you-centered plan for making it happen ($15, available on Amazon): https://amzn.to/4aSzeBk
    NOTE: Feminist Founders is a listener-funded podcast. Your contributions enable me to continue bringing you these important conversations. To support the mission, sign up for a paid Substack subscription at https://feministfounders.substack.com/ 

    SUMMARY: In this episode, Bianca Jordan, founder of Rebel Immigration, shares her journey from disillusionment with feminism to entrepreneurship. She discusses the impact of the pink pussy hat movement, her unconventional path from an MBA and JD to homelessness, and John Adams' influence on her legal career. Bianca delves into the necessity and tenacity driving her ventures, challenges in the legal industry, and misconceptions about immigration. She highlights racism in the immigration process and offers insights on how business owners can support immigrants. Additionally, she introduces her resources and approach to leadership.

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    Bianca Jordan (she/her) is the founder and CEO of Rebel Immigration, a legal education and consulting company that provides marketing and growth strategy to solo attorneys.

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    Discussed in this episode:
    How the pink pussy hat movement turned Bianca off to feminismWhy an MBA and JD ended up unhousedJohn Adams’ role in making Bianca want to be an attorneyNecessity and tenacity (plus a sprinkle of spite) as drivers for entrepreneurshipHow lawyers responded to Bianca’s virtual law firm pre- and post-COVIDThe role Bianca’s mom played in creating her second business, Rebel ImmigrationThe many ways Bianca is challenging legal industry normsWhat made Bianca want to be like Elle WoodsThe many ways that Americans misunderstand immigrationRacism in the US immigration processHow business owners can help immigrantsThe low-cost resources available through Brazen Legal UniversityBianca’s newest offer, New Solo BlueprintHow Bianca approaches leadership of her small team
    Resources mentioned:
    “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho“Shoe Dog” by Phil KnightGirl Scouts of the USALearn more about accountability coaching with host Becky Mollenkamp at https://beckymollenkamp.com

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Advocating for Workers with Navruz Avloni

    Advocating for Workers with Navruz Avloni

    Check it out: The Feminist Founders Guide to Building Your Dream LifeA guided workbook to clarify your equity-centered vision and craft a you-centered plan for making it happen ($15, available on Amazon): https://amzn.to/4aSzeBk
    NOTE: Feminist Founders is a listener-funded podcast. Your contributions enable me to continue bringing you these important conversations. To support the mission, sign up for a paid Substack subscription at https://feministfounders.substack.com/
    SUMMARY: Navruz Avloni, a formidable attorney defending civil rights across California, discusses her path from a childhood in communist Uzbekistan to litigating high-profile cases like Diaz v. Tesla, advocating passionately for victims of workplace discrimination. She shares insights on leaving a partnership to start her own firm, navigating a male-dominated industry with feminist values, and the complex impacts of the #MeToo movement on legal practices. Navruz's story is not only inspiring but also a powerful call to challenge systemic injustices and transform the legal landscape.

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    Navruz Avloni (she/her) is a committed attorney and advocate who fights vigorously for important civil rights in courts throughout California. She is recognized for her ability to see the big picture in every case she litigates and for being a tenacious and passionate litigator for victims of sexual assault and wronged employees. She has a proven track record of obtaining favorable results for her clients in race discrimination, disability discrimination, sexual harassment, and whistleblower cases. In her over a decade of litigation experience, Navruz has represented clients in high-profile cases such as Kepnach, et al v. Four Barrel Coffee, Diaz v. Tesla, and Vaughn v. Tesla. 

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    Discussed in this episode:
    Why Navruz is a proud and passionate feministHow a childhood spent in communist Uzbekistan played a role in Navruz’s career choiceChoosing to be a plaintiff’s lawyer vs. a higher-paid corporate defense attorneyWorking up to partner at a firm and then leaving to start her own firmHow Navruz is bringing her feminist values into a male-dominated industryWhy the legal industry, often deservedly, gets a bad reputation — and how Navruz is challenging those normsHow the legal industry often creates burnout (and the tools Navruz employs to avoid it)Why the legal system is the center of a feminist futureWhy so few victims of workplace misconduct take their cases to court. How the #MeToo movement did—and didn’t—change workplace lawsuitsBad apples vs. bad policies in workplace lawsuitsHow to avoid bad apples (and legal damages from them) in your own businessTips for avoiding common mistakes among even well-meaning employersThe importance of doing your best to fix an employer mistakeWhy Navruz typically won’t represent plaintiffs against small businesses
    Resources:
    Patrick Lencioni on healthy workplace cultures“Dream Big and Win: Translating passion into purpose and creating a billion-dollar business” by Liz EltingEmpower WorkLearn more about accountability coaching with host Becky Mollenkamp at https://beckymollenkamp.com

    • 54 min
    Fighting for Accessibility with Nichole Beiner Powell-Newman

    Fighting for Accessibility with Nichole Beiner Powell-Newman

    Check it out: The Feminist Founders Guide to Building Your Dream LifeA guided workbook to clarify your equity-centered vision and craft a you-centered plan for making it happen ($15, available on Amazon): https://amzn.to/4aSzeBk
    SUMMARY: Nichole Beiner Powell-Newman, an unwavering advocate for intersectional wellness and CEO of Nichole Gabrielle and Co., LLC. shares her transformative journey from law to leadership consulting, and back to blogging. We delve into the challenges of disability in traditional workspaces, visionary steps towards truly inclusive workplaces, and creating liberatory communities. Nichole challenges us to consider how ableism might infiltrate our business practices and invites us to turn our professed values into actionable, everyday guides. Join us for a conversation that redefines community and courage in leadership.

    Nichole Alcántara Beiner Powell-Newman (she/her) is an intersectional wellness advocate, speaker and consultant. She seeks equity, belonging and liberation at the crossroads of race, gender, and (dis)ability, through courageous conversations about lived truths, collective healing/care, and through community-centered action. She enjoys creating spaces that allow vulnerable explorations of unbridled joy for those who hold multiple marginalized identities and cultivating communities committed to intersectional belonging.

    Nichole serves as the CEO and Co-Founder of Nichole Gabrielle and Co., LLC, a Leadership and Culture Consultancy focused on creating cultures of belonging for people with marginalized identities. Using the skills she's gained from years of facilitation work, legal practice, and her own experiences as a disabled and chronically ill Afro-Latina, Nichole is able to help companies tackle systemic inequities, have hard conversations, and create spaces where people feel safe and confident that they can be their full selves.

    When she’s not spending time in community, Nichole enjoys reading, spending time with her husband, Vince, and learning about new foods and places. Lately, you can find her reconnecting with her roots in food anthropology, studying yoga philosophy, or planning out the big, beautiful life she believes we’re all deserving of.

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    Discussed in this episode:
    Nichole’s exploration of feminism and womanism Why working as a lawyer and have a disability became incompatible for NicholeThe journey from lawyer to blogger to DEI consultant and back to bloggingFinding a truly liberatory yoga practice and how it helped Nichole shift her thinkingNichole’s vision for inclusive workplacesWhy return-to-work orders are ableist (and may not be financially wise)How ableism may be showing up in your businessWhy it’s liberatory to be in aligned communityThe problem with turning community into an industryHow to reimagine community through a womanist lensHaving difficult (and political) conversations as a business thought leaderTurning values from words on a website into a guide for every choiceScience fiction as a pathway to reimagining a more liberated world
    Resources mentioned:
    “All the Black Girls Are Activists” by Ebony JaniceMelanin and MoxieSpoon TheorySusana Barkataki“The Power of Sitting in the Mess,” Nichole’s Fearless Fire talkSins Invalid“The Myth of Normal” by Gabor Maté“Parable of the Sower” by Octavia ButlerFeminist Book ClubLearn more about accountability coaching with host Becky Mollenkamp at https://beckymollenkamp.com

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Creating Inclusive Communities with Mai Moore

    Creating Inclusive Communities with Mai Moore

    Check it out: The Feminist Founders Guide to Building Your Dream LifeA guided workbook to clarify your equity-centered vision and craft a you-centered plan for making it happen ($15, available on Amazon): https://amzn.to/4aSzeBk
    NOTE: Feminist Founders is a listener-funded podcast. Your contributions enable me to continue bringing you these important conversations. To support the mission, sign up for a paid Substack subscription at https://feministfounders.substack.com/ 

    SUMMARY:  In this episode of the Feminist Founders podcast, we chat with Mai Moore, founder of Boss Me In, exploring her shift from corporate leadership to championing values-aligned networking for Gen Z women. We discuss creating safer spaces and the unique challenges anti-capitalist startups face. Mai offers impactful leadership tips for building inclusive communities and navigating the non-traditional paths of mentorship and funding. Her insights inspire entrepreneurs to lead with authenticity and purpose, aiming to transform societal norms and foster real change in the business world.
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    Mai Moore (she/her) is an Award-Winning Social Impact Leader, Co-Founder of EYEJ: Empowering Youth, Exploring Justice; Founder of Setting Off Social Impact, and Boss Me In. Mai helped two tech start-ups go public; Travelzoo Inc. and United Online. She believes in diverse women, BIPOC persons, and our young people to help create a more equitable and inclusive world. Mai is from Cleveland Heights, Ohio.
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    Discussed this episode:
    Mai’s relationship with feminismWhy Mai moved from the C-suite to helping Gen Z women kick off their careersWhat founders need to understand about Gen ZThe challenging (and different) future that Gen Z professionals faceWhat is missing in many mentoring and networking programs and what makes Boss Me In differentHow Mai chose the name Boss Me InThe “no-mask” policy that appeals to Gen Z’s value of authenticityCreating truly inclusive communitiesSteps Boss Me In takes to create safer spacesThe importance of harm repair inside of communitiesPersonal growth and the ebbs and flows of finding values-aligned communitiesHow Mai deals with imperfect communitiesTips for finding truly inclusive communitiesFinding a mentor at any ageMai’s best tip for moving beyond the fears of getting visibleWhy founders need communityThe ways Boss Me In is challenging capitalist normsVC funding, KPIs, and burnoutWhat’s different about Boss Me In’s approach to funding
    Resources mentioned:
    Boss Me InEmpowering Youth, Exploring Justice“The Four Agreements” by don Miguel Ruiz
    Learn more about accountability coaching with host Becky Mollenkamp at https://beckymollenkamp.com

    • 55 min
    Revolutionizing Business with Elisa Camahort Page

    Revolutionizing Business with Elisa Camahort Page

    Check it out: The Feminist Founders Guide to Building Your Dream LifeA guided workbook to clarify your equity-centered vision and craft a you-centered plan for making it happen ($15, available on Amazon): https://amzn.to/4aSzeBk
    NOTE: Feminist Founders is a listener-funded podcast. Your contributions enable me to continue bringing you these important conversations. To support the mission, sign up for a paid Substack subscription at https://feministfounders.substack.com/ 

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    Elisa Camahort Page (she/her) is a fractional executive and strategic consultant who launches and scales businesses, products, and authentic user communities. Elisa was co-founder and COO of BlogHer, Inc. In that role, Elisa had oversight of the practices, policies, and procedures that modeled how organizations can build community, grow a business, and support inclusion in words and action. 

    Since leaving the company that acquired BlogHer, Elisa has consulted with organizations to define and deliver on content, product, community, and communications strategies and resource plans that are in alignment with their brand values. A frequent public speaker, LinkedIn Learning course instructor, and freelance writer, Elisa is also the host of The Op-Ed Page podcast and the This Week-ish and Optionality newsletters on Substack, as well as the co-author of “Road Map for Revolutionaries: Resistance, Activism, and Advocacy for All.”

    Website | LinkedIn | Instagram | Threads | TikTok | Facebook
    Discussed in this episode:
    Elisa’s relationship with feminism and how it evolved to be more intersectionalHow BlogHer was created to address the early days of bloggingHow values were more than something “laminated on the wall”Bootstrapping the rollout, and the growth pains of adding payrollPursuing Series A funding, and who shouldn’t go for VC fundingChallenges for women pursuing VC fundingWhy Elisa will not go for VC funding again (despite a decent first experience)How public and private funding negatively impacts decision makingChoosing to sell vs. securing another round of funding for growthManaging the transition period of a buyoutNavigating personal values while running a company that has grown beyond youThe benefit of having an odd number of ownersMale-dominated leadership of women-dominated productsWhy Elisa’s book wasn’t the one she originally thought she’d writeThe 20 years that destroyed worker trust, and how the pandemic shifted thingsRethinking employee mentorship modelsNew models for making money as content creators (ie, Substack)
    Resources mentioned:
    “Roadmap for Revolutionaries: Resistance, Activism and Advocacy for All,” by Elisa Camahort Page, Carolyn Gerin, and Jamia Wilson“The Man Who Broke Capitalism” by David GellesCenter for Reproductive RightsNational Network of Abortion FundsOur Hen House
    Learn more about accountability coaching with host Becky Mollenkamp at https://beckymollenkamp.com

    • 1 hr 10 min

Customer Reviews

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23 Ratings

23 Ratings

Sarcux ,

Embracing the future of business

Business doesn’t have to be impersonal for success. It doesn’t have to be cutthroat. Business owners can create a better world while continuing to be successful. This podcast shows you how it’s done!

CNH1965 ,

Great conversations!

Love these conversations that challenge the business status quo and give us insights into new ways of thinking, doing and being!

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Powerful conversations!

Wowww. Toi Smith, Kelly Diels, and more! I’m so grateful for how the conversations on Feminist Founders shape my business and everyday life. Thank you Becky!

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