Sheventures is about women who pivot careers, take risks, and get it done.
Each interview-style episode will feature a woman who tells her story and provides actionable career and life tips. No mansplaining!
Get ready to listen, be inspired, and take action.
Season 3 Finale: Entrepreneurial Must-Haves With Startup Veteran Sharon Kan
Sharon Kan built and successfully exited four startups, acquired by names such as Microsoft, Barnes & Noble, and Oracle. Listen to her pragmatic approach to business and learn what she believes is the one quality all entrepreneurs should embrace.
Raised in war-torn Israel, Kan reminisces: “You lived today because you weren’t sure what might happen tomorrow.”
Nonetheless, Kan started her first business at 14, selling homemade cakes to local shops, served her mandatory two years in the Israeli military (air force), and embarked on a multi-decade career in marketing, business, and product development. But her corporate career path was sidelined by motherhood. How did she react?
Kan chose to focus on “feminine power” and boost the mom-economy by co-founding Pepper Lane, a platform designed to provide a community of women to co-mentor and inspire one another — complete with workshops, mentorship, and the myriad of services one needs when starting a business.
It’s time we stop apologizing and embrace our feminine power in the workplace whether we’re moms or not, says Kan.
Listen as Kan dishes real talk on how to bring your authentic self to the workplace on this episode, the season three finale, of SheVentures.
An Immigrant Doctor Forced to Pivot With Noor Ali
Imagine what it’s like for any immigrant to embrace the culture and norms of a new nation. Then think about being a highly respected doctor, practicing for years in your native country. When you arrive in the United States, you learn that if you want to practice medicine, you’ll have to dust off your organic chemistry and anatomy books and pass a rigorous exam.
That’s what happened to Noor Ali who skipped undergrad, going straight from the renowned Bronx High School of Science into six years of medical school in Bangladesh, only to barely miss the cutoff when she sat for the U.S. exam to practice medicine. How did she cope?
Ali always knew she wanted to follow in her anaesthesiologist grandfather’s footsteps and become a doctor, but she never envisioned being denied the ability to do so — especially after “paying her dues” and finishing med school. With a successful career in her home country of Bangladesh, Ali was recognized by the United Nations as a volunteer — bringing healthcare to pregnant women and children. Ali felt lost and downtrodden.
Ali’s pivot? She founded a business, Dr. Noor Health, where she marries medical knowledge with health insurance in an advisory role, helping the “healthy and wealthy” find more fitting health insurance policies in the private market based on their health status.
Listen as Ali describes being an immigrant in New York City, volunteering in the slums of Bangladesh, and the price of reinvention on this episode of SheVentures.
Will the Next Amazon Be Run by This Woman? With Kate Isler
She joined Microsoft when it was a startup, when it was not uncommon to run into Bill Gates in the hallway. She never envisioned a career where she would travel to 60 countries, while being a parent to three sons, a wife, and an executive.
Though Kate Isler did not start her career with dreams of globe-trotting, she defied expectations with the help of a supportive husband, who was willing to move as her career thrived with their growing children in tow. Rather than view their lifestyle as a negative, the family enjoyed the adventure of experiencing new cultures.
Isler’s pivot? Today, she is founder of an eCommerce platform for female-owned and -led businesses called TheWMarketplace, which she and her team created during the pandemic. The platform boasts about 400 women-owned brands, more than 2,000 products and services, and is growing rapidly.
Isler is not-your-typical-success story. She focused on work experience first, spent 20 years as an entrepreneur, but realized that with only a high school diploma, she was limited professionally. Another pivot: returning to school and earning her bachelor's degree in education in 2018.
SheVentures is not the only media outlet that finds Isler's life story inspirational — HarperCollins Leadership published her memoir, Breaking Boarders, earlier this year.
Why LGBTQ+ Distrusts Big Finance and What’s Next With Hadassah Damien
Twenty percent of LGBTQ+ people say they are “much worse off” financially because of the pandemic, compared with only 11 percent of the general population. Hadassah Damien, queer femme writer, digital technologist, and financial strategist joins us to provide actionable tips for the LGBTQ+ community to take control of their finances today.
Damien grew up in a single-parent household where she experienced financial challenges. She entered adulthood believing money was unattainable. But as Damien embraced nonprofits, community art, archiving and #vanlife in her 20s, she taught herself personal finance basics — and put herself through grad school.
When Damien left the corporate world after the 2008 financial crisis, she focused on how she could help other artists learn to manage their finances and found people she could help as a financial coach.
Damien candidly speaks about the challenges those in the LGBTQ+ community face when it comes to money, and provides some suggestions on what they can do, one step at a time, on this episode of SheVentures.
How to Implement Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace With Janet Ahn, Ph.D.
Six months before she was due to receive tenure (which is highly coveted in academia), in the midst of a pandemic, this psychology professor left it all behind.
Janet Ahn, Ph.D., pivoted from academia and entrepreneurship to consulting for large companies such as Procter and Gamble, before joining MindGym (a behavior change company for organizations and corporations) as chief behavioral science officer. Now, she focuses on the science to support workplace diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).
Ahn discusses why traditional approaches to DEI in the workplace aren’t successful — and maps out the psychological pillars that should be a part of any workplace DEI efforts.
Ahn also reveals how a marshmallow drew her to psychology despite her first-generation Korean father not considering it a “real” science, the truth behind intellectual differences between men and women, and the steps to effectively implement DEI in the workplace on this episode of SheVentures.
Dole-ing Out Proper Nutrition to 1 Billion People With Lara Ramdin and Barbara Guerpillon
Nearly 2 billion people lack access to nutritious food — a staggering number likely to increase due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Lara Ramdin, Ph.D., and Barbara Guerpillon are trying to change that. These two global female executives are playing integral roles toward Dole Food’s corporate initiative: the Dole Promise Sunshine for All, the goal of which is to make nutritious foods accessible to 1 billion people by 2030.
Ramdin, chief innovation officer at Dole Packaged Foods, has built her global research and development team to be made up of 60 percent women, demonstrating her advocacy for women and girls in STEM.
Guerpillon, head of ventures at Dole and Asia Fresh, is the first person to hold this position and focus on a global strategy to enable profitable business growth through start-up led innovations and the creation of entrepreneurial networks worldwide.
Listen to how these two women foster change by showing how a large company can leverage the ingenuity of the global startup ecosystem to help solve food inequity. It’s all in a day’s work as they balance their home lives as well.
These women speak my language, I feel like I found my community!
For a long time, I saw my career pivot as a failure. I went from being a foreign licensed medical I was not doing what I spent my whole life going to school for.
When I listened to all the powerful stories of the women who are featured in this show, it gave me an immense sense of community that I was lacking. I connected so deeply to the feelings and the words of the guests of the show. Later I was honored to be a guest myself.
Doria is such a success as a host because she does her research on her guests which makes the interviews so engaging and relevant. I hang on to each word and can't wait to hear the next episode!
This is a powerful hidden gem of a show and all credit goes to Doria for being a brilliant podcast host!
Sima Gandhi Episode
This podcast is overall excellent! I highly recommend listening to the episode with Sima Gandhi. She talks about her journey of coming from first-generation parents as I do as well and can relate with her on a personal of her experiences of hard work.
Keep up the great work Doria!
Love this show. Always keeps me interested and always look forward to new episodes. Can’t recommend it enough.
-Tabby from Your New Best Friends Podcast