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theSkimm's co-founders and co-CEOs, Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg, started their company from a couch. Now they’re bringing it back to one, and inviting powerful female leaders to sit down and chat about everything from celebrating career wins to the worst advice they've ever received. It’s an inside look at what it’s really like on the road to success. No BS, no sugarcoating.

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theSkimm's co-founders and co-CEOs, Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg, started their company from a couch. Now they’re bringing it back to one, and inviting powerful female leaders to sit down and chat about everything from celebrating career wins to the worst advice they've ever received. It’s an inside look at what it’s really like on the road to success. No BS, no sugarcoating.

    Maria Sharapova, tennis champion and founder and CEO, Sugarpova: "There were so many times when I stepped on the court and I wasn't the better player, but I won that last point because...I was just mentally a little bit stronger."

    Maria Sharapova, tennis champion and founder and CEO, Sugarpova: "There were so many times when I stepped on the court and I wasn't the better player, but I won that last point because...I was just mentally a little bit stronger."

    Maria Sharapova spent years playing tennis five hours a day, seven days a week. The result? Five grand slam wins. And an Olympic medal. Her career is a lesson in grit and determination. And shows that hard work really does pay off. Now, she brings that same determination to her business career. This week, Maria shares the secret to staying motivated in any job…even if you aren’t a world class athlete. 

    In this episode, Maria shares what she was like as a competitor (9:58), how she turned pressure into motivation (13:50), and why she’s a fan of 'dressing for the job you want' (28:33).

    Stay tuned at the end for a spotlight on Clare, a company simplifying the paint-shopping process, so you can create a home you love. Want to be featured? Submit yourself or a friend here. 
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    • 36 min
    Tamron Hall, journalist, television host, executive producer: “You can't be afraid of losing it. Be afraid of not being prepared to lose it.”

    Tamron Hall, journalist, television host, executive producer: “You can't be afraid of losing it. Be afraid of not being prepared to lose it.”

    “The pivot is real.” That phrase has defined Tamron Hall’s professional and personal life: from walking away from her job at NBC News, to hustling to get her own talk show on air, to her IVF journey. This week, Tamron told us how she approaches life’s unexpected moments. And how she turns setbacks into success.

    In this episode, Tamron shares how she turned an early-career demotion into motivation (8:45), her advice for picking yourself back up after a setback (15:40), and what it’s like to be the boss of her own show (25:40).  

    Stay tuned at the end for a spotlight on Essence Nutrition, a group of registered dietitians who provide evidence-based nutrition counseling tailored to your individual needs. Want to be featured? Submit yourself or a friend here. 
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    • 39 min
    Naomi Hirabayashi and Marah Lidey, co-founders and co-CEOs, Shine: “The...really important thing we did for one another was...help each other to feel less alone.”

    Naomi Hirabayashi and Marah Lidey, co-founders and co-CEOs, Shine: “The...really important thing we did for one another was...help each other to feel less alone.”

    Naomi Hirabayashi and Marah Lidey are the co-founders and co-CEOs of the self-care start-up, Shine. And while starting a business from scratch and working in self-care may sound like an oxymoron (hello, fundraising and 24/7 hustle), Marah and Naomi told us they’ve been able to find balance and take time for themselves. Their secret? Finding strength in their partnership. 

    In this episode, Marah and Naomi share what makes their partnership work (17:02), how Shine went from being their side-hustle to main hustle (20:30), and their number one piece of self-care advice (29:48). 

    Stay tuned at the end for a spotlight on Coco Shop, an independent, Antigua-born brand making high-quality cotton clothing. Want to be featured? Submit yourself or a friend here. 

    PS: Our How to Skimm Your Life New Year’s Challenge started January 3. It’s 21 days of Skimm’ng your way to a smarter life, from work to your wallet, health, pantry, and more. And it's not too late to get involved. Go to theskimm.com/challenge to check out the challenges you missed. And look out for more details everyday this month in the Daily Skimm. 
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    • 34 min
    Kara Swisher, host of Pivot and Sway podcasts, co-founder of Recode: "When I have someone try to shut me down by insulting me or calling me bossy or outspoken, that's when I go full in."

    Kara Swisher, host of Pivot and Sway podcasts, co-founder of Recode: "When I have someone try to shut me down by insulting me or calling me bossy or outspoken, that's when I go full in."

    Kara Swisher has been called the most feared and well-liked journalist in Silicon Valley. She’s been covering tech industry leaders for decades...and is famous for making them sweat. Just ask Mark Zuckerberg, Jeff Bezos, or Elon Musk. Her secret to building those relationships with entrepreneurs? She’s not afraid to pick up the phone (or slide into a DM) when she has a question. 

    In this episode, Kara shares why you shouldn’t hide your personality at work (14:18), the reason she considers herself a “bad employee” (21:29), and who she wants to interview next (30:30). 
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    • 41 min
    Elaine Welteroth, author, former editor-in-chief, Teen Vogue, incoming co-host, "The Talk": "It's not like you apply for the position of making history."

    Elaine Welteroth, author, former editor-in-chief, Teen Vogue, incoming co-host, "The Talk": "It's not like you apply for the position of making history."

    If you’re looking for a promotion at work... Elaine Welteroth has some tips. She’s got a lot of “firsts” on her resume - from being the first Black beauty director at Condé Nast to being the youngest editor-in-chief in the publisher's history. This week, Elaine told us she hit those milestones by being intentional about everything she did. From the emails she sent to who she sought out as mentors. 

    And since we recorded this interview, Elaine’s adding something else to her resume. She’s just been named as co-host of "The Talk" on CBS. You can tune in to see her starting January 4.  

    In this episode, Elaine shares where her entrepreneurial spirit comes from (6:52), how seeking out mentors changed her career trajectory (10:52), and why the “firsts” we celebrate are indicators of how much progress we still need to make (18:30). 

    Stay tuned at the end for a spotlight on Hungry Bunny Virtual Donut Shop, a virtual donut shop serving the nation with 100% cruelty-free cake donuts. Want to be featured? Submit yourself or a friend here. 
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    • 33 min
    Cindy Crawford, supermodel: "I'm a big fan of faking it till you make it."

    Cindy Crawford, supermodel: "I'm a big fan of faking it till you make it."

    Even Cindy Crawford isn’t confident 100 percent of the time. But you’d never know it. Because she told us that she’s a big fan of faking it till you make it - even on the bad days. She learned that strategy early in her career… and it paid off, as she became one of the most famous supermodels in the world. 

    In this episode, Cindy shares how she learned to advocate for herself (9:10), what she’s learned from taking risks (18:30), and the advice she gives her daughter Kaia (22:31). 

    Stay tuned at the end for a spotlight on Rebel Girls, an edutainment company on a mission to inspire and instill confidence in girls and young women. Want to be featured? Submit yourself or a friend here.
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    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
1.7K Ratings

1.7K Ratings

sophia-vasquez-20 ,

Yes! So empowering

This show rocks. For anyone feeling up or down at work, this really helps me.

dope boy fresh ,

Fave show

I love skim from couch I was worried it wasn’t coming back when you took a break in December ! Love this show so much the episode with the Shine founders is so good, same with Kara Swisher

EWYMA ,

Keeps getting better

I’ve listened to this podcast from the very beginning, and it has instilled an entrepreneurial spirit in me. I’ve learned so much from listening to every single episode. Carly and Danielle are astute interviewers, and I’ve constantly been impressed with how tightly the episodes are edited. I agree with some previous reviews that there was a period of time in the middle when it felt like all of the interviews were with privileged young white women and there wasn’t much diversity in the stories/voices. However, it seems Carly and Danielle have taken those criticisms to heart and have really expanded the types of women and stories and careers they represent through the show. Thank you! And keep up the good work!

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