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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.

Skimm'd from the Couch theSkimm

    • Business
    • 4.5 • 1.8K Ratings

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.

    Ursula Burns, former CEO, Xerox: "I struggled...with this idea that we run a mechanical structure, that people are just a cog in the wheel."

    Ursula Burns, former CEO, Xerox: "I struggled...with this idea that we run a mechanical structure, that people are just a cog in the wheel."

    Ursula Burns is one of the most notable business leaders in America. She ran Xerox from 2009 to 2016, and when she took the top job, she also became the first Black woman to run a Fortune 500 company. This week, Ursula sat down with us to share why leaders in 2021 can’t just be focused on profits or increasing a stock price - they have to be focused on people. 

    In this episode, Ursula shares why being an executive assistant changed her life, how she created accountability on her leadership team, and why companies have to prioritize the wellbeing of their employees.
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    • 34 min
    Amanda Kloots, co-host, The Talk: "If you're grieving, don't follow advice. It's your own path."

    Amanda Kloots, co-host, The Talk: "If you're grieving, don't follow advice. It's your own path."

    Last year, when the world was locked down, Amanda Kloots gave us a window into the toll that COVID-19 has taken on individual families. The former Broadway dancer and Radio City Rockette lost her husband, Nick Cordero, last summer due to complications from COVID. She put her journey up on social media - and the world supported her and grieved with her. This week, Amanda sat down with us to talk about navigating grief and the impact it has on work and career. 

    In this episode, Amanda shares how she pivoted from the Broadway stage into teaching fitness classes, why she chose to grieve so publicly, and how she practices positivity (hint: try thinking of one positive thing each day).
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    • 41 min
    Abby Wambach (rebroadcast): "If you're not a good leader on the bench, you cannot call yourself a good leader on the field."

    Abby Wambach (rebroadcast): "If you're not a good leader on the bench, you cannot call yourself a good leader on the field."

    This week, we're throwing it back to one of our favorite episodes from last year, with Olympian and soccer star Abby Wambach.

    Abby knows a thing or two about winning a gold medal - she actually won two while she played for the US Women’s National Team. And the soccer star hasn’t slowed down in retirement. She’s now a bestselling author and an equal pay activist. 

    In this episode, Abby shares what it was like to play with her idols, including Mia Hamm, how she’s developed her leadership style on and off the field, and why one night at the ESPY awards changed the direction of her retirement. 
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    • 42 min
    Whembley Sewell, editor-in-chief, them: "The more informed you are, the more you read, the more you actually engage with the issues…makes you that much better of a friend or a part of someone's community.

    Whembley Sewell, editor-in-chief, them: "The more informed you are, the more you read, the more you actually engage with the issues…makes you that much better of a friend or a part of someone's community.

    Whembley Sewell is the youngest editor at a Condé Nast publication. And she’s the EIC of its newest publication, them. And when you’re the youngest at the newest, cue: pressure. But Whembley told us she doesn’t let the challenges of the job get to her because she stays focused on them’s mission of celebrating the stories and voices of the LGBTQ+ community.  

    In this episode, Whembley shares how to create meaningful relationships with an audience, her advice for fostering an inclusive work culture, and how she balances being collaborative with giving her team freedom.
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    • 29 min
    Ayesha Curry, cookbook author, entrepreneur: "There are always ways to educate yourself."

    Ayesha Curry, cookbook author, entrepreneur: "There are always ways to educate yourself."

    Once Ayesha Curry’s family started expanding, so did her culinary career. Ayesha built her brand one blog post and YouTube video at a time. And now: she’s one of the most recognized personalities in the food world (think: multiple cookbooks, a magazine, and a foundation to end childhood hunger). This week, Ayesha sat down with us to tell us how she found her career calling after she became a parent. 

    In this episode, Ayesha shares how she taught herself about business, why she emphasizes collaboration at work, and how she and her husband push each other to stay motivated.
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    • 25 min
    Stacey Abrams: "The first time I realized that I wanted more than I was supposed to want it was both terrifying and it was so freeing."

    Stacey Abrams: "The first time I realized that I wanted more than I was supposed to want it was both terrifying and it was so freeing."

    Whether it’s getting that promotion or starting your own business, it can be intimidating to map out your career goals. But this week, Stacey Abrams told us to try one simple approach: write it down. The voting rights activist, politician, and author has a lot on her plate at any given time, from getting out the vote to writing romance novels. And she keeps her eye on the prize...literally keeping a spreadsheet. Tune in to hear her tips on how to stay focused on your goals. And why being honest with yourself - and even your boss - about your ambitions is a good place to start. 

    In this episode, Abrams shares how she prioritizes, how she decides to not pursue something, and what she wants to do next. 

    PS: Check out the latest book from Stacey Abrams here. 
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    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
1.8K Ratings

1.8K Ratings

EricaBushwell ,

Inspiring and valuable content.

This podcast is on a new level of inspiring and motivating. The insightful advice and stories shared by these influential and powerful women truly leave a mark on any listener. Definitely worth your time to listen to this great show.

londonxrose ,

Motivational and Inspiring

I like that each episode is only about 30 mins. It’s a nice quick dose of interesting strong women. Great range of guests from all types of work, which I appreciate.

megan@podcastingyou ,

Priceless Content

Carly and Danielle do such a good job covering a variety of topics. Their guests offer awesome advice as well. I would recommend this show to anyone looking to be inspired!

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