Stairway to CEO is a new podcast, hosted by Lee Greene, highlighting untold stories and inspiring content from innovative founders plus expert advice for starting and growing a business.
From Farm to Fortune with Christina Stembel, Founder and CEO of Farmgirl Flowers
Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Farmgirl Flowers is a national floral eCommerce brand that features beautiful hand curated arrangements and bouquets wrapped in their signature upcycled burlap coffee sacks. In this episode, Founder and CEO, Christina Stembel, shares with us her incredible journey from growing up on a farm in Indiana to moving to New York City to pursue acting, to working as the Director of Alumni Relations at Stanford Law School, to launching Farmgirl Flowers from her apartment using just her savings. What started as a one woman bootstrapped operation has blossomed into a team of over 160 people that spans 2 continents and 6 distribution centers. We talk about her experience being rejected by investors, how COVID affected her business, and how she's defied all the odds in building a self-funded flower empire expected to hit over $100M in revenue by the end of this year.
For Better or Purse with Coral Chung, Founder and CEO of Senreve
Named a top 50 brand in DTC by The Lead two years in a row, Senreve was founded by Coral Chung and is a global direct-to-consumer luxury handbag brand for the modern woman. In this episode, Coral shares with us her journey from moving to the US from China at five years old, to working in investment banking and consulting, to having a spiritual experience that ignited her idea to launch Senreve. We talk about her global vision for the business, how she thinks about setting expectations, and how she's grown as a leader.
First Time CEO with Sarah Landman, CEO of Solid & Striped
Founded in 2012, Solid & Striped is a cult favorite lifestyle brand that creates timeless swim and resort wear pieces that evoke a feeling of vacation and leisure. In this episode, CEO Sarah Landman shares with us her journey from growing up on the Main Line of Pennsylvania with four brothers, to her experience working with Tory Burch for over 10 years, to landing her first CEO role as the CEO of Solid & Striped. She talks with us about her leadership style, the importance of being approachable and how she thinks about accountability.
Reaching Out, Reaching In with Dawn Dobras, CEO of Credo Beauty
Dawn Dobras is the CEO of Credo Beauty. Credo is the largest clean beauty retailer in the US. With over one hundred and thirty clean beauty brands and over 90 percent of these brands founded or run by women, Credo is on a mission to establish the highest standards in beauty retail by rethinking what goes into products, onto your skin, and down the drain. In this episode, Dawn shares with us her impressive career journey from launching and growing OldNavy.com to over 200 million dollars in sales, to holding numerous leadership positions at both large corporations and startup companies. Dawn talks with us about how she became the CEO of Credo, the importance of surrounding yourself with greatness, and how she works to create her own opportunities.
Inspiration for Breakfast with Margaret Wishingrad, Co-Founder and CEO of Three Wishes Cereal
Recently winning the Best Clean Label Award by NEXTY this year, Three Wishes Cereal is a high protein, low sugar, grain free breakfast cereal that tastes just like the cereals from your childhood. Founded three years ago by Margaret Wishingrad and her husband, Ian, Three Wishes is completely free of wheat, dairy, soy, oats, corn, rice and peanuts and has 70 percent less sugar, eight times more protein, and better for you ingredients such as chickpeas, pea protein and monk fruit. In this episode, Margaret shares with us her journey from growing up in Brooklyn, to working in real estate, to joining her husband's advertising agency, where they helped brands like Pepsi and AT&T, as well as early stage companies, launch new products. She talks with us about how she came up with the name and concept for Three Wishes, how she spent two years on product development, and why it was important for them to have early conversations with retailers.
Revolutionizing Hand Happiness with Andrea Lisbona, Founder and CEO of Touchland
Andrea Lisbona is the Founder and CEO of Touchland. Years before hand sanitizer became a daily essential for all of us, Andrea set out to disrupt the industry following the Swine Flu outbreak back in 2010. She created Touchland, a revolutionary brand of hand sanitizers that combine sleek, functional packaging with non sticky, fast evaporating formulas to keep your hands moisturized, clean, and smelling great. In this episode, Andrea shares with us her journey from growing up in Barcelona, to attending USC, to spending five years on product development for Touchland. She talks with us about moving to the US in 2018, fundraising from investors as a hand sanitizer brand pre COVID, and why she believes CEO should stand for Chief Energy Officer.
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Lee brings a vibrant and inspiring spin on storytelling. Her respect and curiosity for how people become successful gives the listener an exclusive insight into a CEO’s journey from childhood to adulthood and how they overcome the challenges of entrepreneurship.
Absolutely love it one of the best podcasts I have ever heard, I listen to it twice, listening gave such a good feeling... really fun to listen to very very inspiring thank you for making this for us!