65 episodes

Sheventures is about women who pivot careers, take risks, and get shit done.

Each interview-style episode will feature an inspirational, no holds barred story of the trials, pivots, and reality of being a trailblazing woman.

Get ready to listen, be inspired, and take action.

SheVentures Doria Lavagnino

    • Entrepreneurship
    • 5.0, 9 Ratings

Sheventures is about women who pivot careers, take risks, and get shit done.

Each interview-style episode will feature an inspirational, no holds barred story of the trials, pivots, and reality of being a trailblazing woman.

Get ready to listen, be inspired, and take action.

    Greeking Out on Recipes With Kelly Salonica Staikopoulos and Joanne Staikopoulos-Marzella

    Greeking Out on Recipes With Kelly Salonica Staikopoulos and Joanne Staikopoulos-Marzella

    Whether you’re an amateur cook or a master chef, we bet you’ve never thought of “Greek-ing” up your favorite dishes, right?
     
    Kelly Salonica Staikopoulos and Joanne Staikopoulos-Marzella, two sisters formerly in the editorial and accounting worlds respectively, are now cooking up a storm with an innovative twist: Using recipes largely gleaned from their Greek mother, Mary — aka Kukla (“doll” in Greek) — with their blog Kukla’s Kouzina.
     
    Well-known in NYC’s fashion district, Mary Halkias Staikopoulos worked with fashion icons Vera Wang and Oscar de la Renta and styled Marilyn Monroe and Jackie Kennedy. While she was known as “Kukla” to the fashion world, what she brought to her daughters in the kitchen inspired a legacy of love, family, cooking, and the seeds of a business.
     
    Now, with two cookbooks out, and a YouTube series in production thanks to Joanne’s daughter Jacqueline, Mary’s Greek food legacy lives on. Discover how heritage is a key ingredient to this sisterly collaboration, the pitfalls of starting a business, what Kelly and Joanne have learned from their mistakes, and so much more, on this episode of SheVentures.

    • 53 min
    Developmental Difficulties in Kids? There’s an App for That With Carissa Tozzi

    Developmental Difficulties in Kids? There’s an App for That With Carissa Tozzi

    Almost 7 percent of children between the ages of 3 and 17 in the United States have a developmental disability, the CDC reports, and the community is still largely under-served. Carissa Tozzi is changing that. 
     
    From an iconic New York City life as the entertainment editor of CosmoGirl and Seventeen to a publicist for social media influencers to the co-creator of an app for moms of children with special needs — Carissa Tozzi has done it all.
     
    Tozzi saw a gap in the market: a community where moms could interact with other nearby moms — the app asks for your zip code — as well as vetted experts. True to her sense of style, Tozzi also created a virtual apparel outlet full of cool, fashionable clothes, toys, and interior decor, for this overlooked and often stereotyped community.
     
    After her son, Wolf, was thought to have sensory issues as a toddler (later proven false) Tozzi became more aware of the challenges that parents — particularly moms — face when raising children with special needs. When Tozzi moved the next town over from a former colleague and power mom of two children on opposite ends of the autism spectrum, Wolf and Friends was born. 
     
    The app is designed to build a community for moms of children with special needs, both from a shopping and lifestyle perspective. The app also provides access to experts in the space with whom you can engage on Zoom, a store to browse brands that cater to children and moms, and much more. 
     
    On this episode of SheVentures, find out what it’s really like working with celebrities, the value of influencers, and how more brands could stand to accommodate this under-served community on this episode of SheVentures.

    • 48 min
    Tips on How to Build a Hair-Care Brand With Lynn Power

    Tips on How to Build a Hair-Care Brand With Lynn Power

    After more than 25 years as CEO of advertising giant J. Walter Thompson’s American division, an alleged scandal involving her boss during the #MeToo movement began to monopolize Lynn Power’s time. As a result, she began wilting in her role, which was no longer about creativity, rather crisis. 
     
    The pivot into starting her own strategic consulting firm, The HMS Beagle, was a natural one, but Power didn’t stop there.
     
    Masami, a premium vegan hair-care line, was born from 10 years of research on her business partner’s behalf. Now, having recently launched the product, Power and her partner want to give back to the ocean from which they source their ingredients with their own fund: The Masami Institute, which will help research rebalancing the aquatic ecosystem off of Japan.
     
    Listen as Power delves into the sexism inherent in advertising and how the industry has changed over the years thanks in part to the #MeToo movement. 

    Bonus: Power includes a wealth of tips for small businesses (including free apps!) on this episode of SheVentures.

    • 51 min
    Embracing Islamic Law and the Quran to Win Human Rights Cases With Kimberley Motley

    Embracing Islamic Law and the Quran to Win Human Rights Cases With Kimberley Motley

    This woman was not only the first foreign lawyer to practice law in Afghani courts — but she also won the first-ever presidential pardon of a moral case in the country’s history from former President Hamid Karzai. Seriously.
     
    From standing up for her Korean mother on the streets of Milwaukee to fighting against human rights abuses in Afghanistan and other countries, Kimberley Motley is an unstoppable social justice force. 
     
    A former U.S. beauty pageant winner turned international human rights litigator, Motley has changed the lives of countless men and women around the globe. From overturning guilty sentences to freeing a pregnant 16-year-old rape victim from the clutches of an “adultery” charge (yes, really), Motley continues to take on both corporate and pro bono work to improve people’s lives.
     
    Discover firsthand what it’s like for women in Afghanistan through Motley’s vivid recollections. How did this one woman earn the respect of a patriarchal culture? She is outspoken, tenacious, and driven. Most important, rather than imposing another legal system on Afghan legal cases, Motley embraced Aghani and Islamic laws to litigate her cases and win the respect of locals. 
     
    This episode of SheVentures is one of our most riveting installments to date.

    • 51 min
    $45K to Become an Urban Homeowner With Janelle Briggs

    $45K to Become an Urban Homeowner With Janelle Briggs

    Feminist scholar turned real estate entrepreneur, Janelle Briggs wants to ensure the American Dream of homeownership is affordable and accessible to everyone.
     
    An idea that may sound far-fetched and futuristic — one that most architects have only dreamed of on paper — Briggs and her cofounder/partner are making a reality. Stackhouse, a real-estate development company, is creating building structures — called stackhouse towers — in which shipping container homes can be stacked one on top of the other in a communal living space, with shared areas such as a roof deck. 
     
    These tiny container homes can be customized and moved city to city in the United States. A basic container home will set you back about $45,000. Yep, you can be a homeowner for a fraction of regular costs. Briggs and her cofounder are helping people who otherwise couldn’t afford to live in an urban space by creating these tall buildings with a small physical footprint, requiring only modest land space to be built.
     
    The first stackhouse tower is planned for Tucson, Arizona, with others being slated for Texas and Colorado. 
     
    Listen as Briggs talks managing mental health and workload, being overlooked in the boardroom because she’s a woman, and using her privilege to stand up for what’s right on this episode of SheVentures.

    • 49 min
    What It Takes to Be a ‘Vagipreneur’ With Rachel Braun Scherl

    What It Takes to Be a ‘Vagipreneur’ With Rachel Braun Scherl

    What makes a ‘Vagipreneur’ anyway? 
    From working in public relations to earning an MBA at Stanford, Rachel Braun Scherl had an untraditional foray into the world of marketing, so it’s no surprise she later trademarked the word vagipreneur.
    Her start in PR led to her greatest lesson: the power of building business relationships. From there, Braun Scherl ventured into the world of female sexual health with her takeover of Semprae Labs. 
    The idea behind her book Orgasmic Leadership came from a boardroom meeting at which participants giggled at the “titillating” subject matter of Semprae’s product — made for female arousal — rather than pay attention. Worse, while erectile dysfunction was considered a bona fide medical condition worthy of advertising money, female arousal was not.
    Today, Braun Scherl and her consulting company, Spark Solutions for Growth, focus on female sexual and reproductive health innovations, a market expected to explode in the upcoming years. 
    Listen as Braun Scherl discusses the inherent inequality of male vs. female sexuality, what it takes to be heard in a pitch meeting, and tips for raising capital for female entrepreneurs on this episode of SheVentures.

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

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Janelle Briggs ,

Excellent conversations, valuable insights

SheVentures is such an important show. Doria is an empathic interviewer who takes the time to understand her guests and asks the kind of questions that spark authentic engagement. I am so grateful to have been a guest on her show and to have this podcast as a resource for encouragement along my entrepreneurial journey.

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I enjoy SheVentures because it's interesting to hear about women from a wide variety of backgrounds who are working hard and being successful. Lots of amazing ideas!

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About real women

I enjoy the variety of women on this podcast. The questions are probing and the interviews are inspirational. I love hearing about working women who have accomplished. They use the skills they learned in earlier careers to begin new ventures.

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