13 episodes

Hear women share stories about how they defied the odds to create their own businesses and compose their own lives. Hosted by Nancy Evans and brought to you by the Women’s Wisdom Project. Find us at www.theconfabpodcast.com. 


The Confab Podcast The Women’s Wisdom Project

    • Business
    • 4.9 • 31 Ratings

Hear women share stories about how they defied the odds to create their own businesses and compose their own lives. Hosted by Nancy Evans and brought to you by the Women’s Wisdom Project. Find us at www.theconfabpodcast.com. 


    From Housewife to Breadwinner: Margaret Rudkin and the Story of Pepperidge Farm

    From Housewife to Breadwinner: Margaret Rudkin and the Story of Pepperidge Farm

    Pepperidge Farm is one of the most well-known baked goods companies in the world, and it all began with a Connecticut housewife named Margaret Rudkin. In the midst of the Great Depression, Rudkin turned a loaf of bread into a booming business. 
    Inspired by her youngest son’s health impediments, Rudkin set out to provide a healthy alternative to the over-processed breads that dominated grocery store shelves, and then she kept going. She went from baking thousands of loaves out of a barn in her backyard to building her own factory, was a prodigious product developer (think Goldfish and Pepperidge Farm Stuffing), sold her company to the Campbell Soup Company for what would be 237 million in today’s dollars, and became the first woman on its board of directors. 
    Our guest, historian Edie Sparks, is the Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education at the University of the Pacific and the author of Boss Lady: How Three Women Entrepreneurs Built Successful Big Businesses in the Mid-Twentieth Century.

    • 39 min
    Passion for Storytelling: Meet the Founding Mothers of NPR

    Passion for Storytelling: Meet the Founding Mothers of NPR

    NPR has long been known as a hotbed for female journalists in a male-dominated industry. By 2012, women made up just 18 percent of all radio news directors, but at NPR, women held the top editorial position at five of the seven news programs. This was just one legacy of NPR’s Founding Mothers, who played a defining role in a revolutionary media when public radio began in the 1960s. They created the template for a new conversational way of telling the news and an expanded definition of what news is. 
    Our guest Lisa Napoli covered media and technology for the New York Times at the dawn of the web, was the internet correspondent for MSNBC, and reported for the public radio show Marketplace. She joins us to talk about her latest book: Susan, Linda, Nina & Cokie: The Extraordinary Story of the Founding Mothers of NPR . 

    • 36 min
    Patricia Bragg: Founding Mother of the Health Food Movement

    Patricia Bragg: Founding Mother of the Health Food Movement

    Check the Apple Cider Vinegar label in your pantry and you will find an illustration of Patricia Bragg, positively beaming and wearing a large white cowboy hat with a circle of pink flowers. Patricia grew Bragg Live Foods into an iconic global brand —  turning health food store specialty products into grocery store staples. Patricia is now 91 (“I am ageless,” she likes to say) and sharing her wisdom @patriciabragg on Instagram.
    Her partner for the last 20 years and Co-CEO, Lesley Tippitt, joins us to recount the saga of an enduring brand that has remained true to its mission for more than 100 years.

    • 30 min
    Why It Takes Female Founders to Shape the Cannabis Industry for Women

    Why It Takes Female Founders to Shape the Cannabis Industry for Women

    The $13billion cannabis industry is estimated to grow to $30billion in the US by 2025. Our first guest April Pride is known as the godmother of the women in weed movement and host of the podcast How to Do the Pot. She’ll tell us how women business owners have lost marketshare, how women consumers have been ignored, and how she’s trying to change that. Our second guest Laura Eisman will tell us how her company Her Highness NYC is packaging up cannabis in solution-specific products including remedies for sleep, sex, and stress.
     

    • 39 min
    How to Raise Venture Capital for Female Entrepreneurs with Leslie Feinzaig of the Female Founder’s Alliance

    How to Raise Venture Capital for Female Entrepreneurs with Leslie Feinzaig of the Female Founder’s Alliance

    Over 90% of venture capital dollars are controlled by men. Until that number changes, women looking for VC money need to play the game. Guest Leslie Feinzaig wants to teach you the rules. Her company, the Female Founder’s Alliance, helps women entrepreneurs “communicate their story in a way that investors can rally behind.” She talks with Nancy about pitching to men, common pitfalls to avoid, and why women need to talk to each other about hot deals.

    • 32 min
    Gennev with Jill Angelo

    Gennev with Jill Angelo

    38 million women are going through menopause at any one time.  Talk about a sizeable market with high need to know.  And yet, you will hear in this interview about the barriers to entry Jill Angelo had to jump to begin her company: Male investors who go ick, women who don’t want to talk about it (it means I’m getting old), gynecologists who have little training or interest in it.  With all those challenges, Jill is trying to bring menopause out of hiding and women out of silent suffering.

     
     
     

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
31 Ratings

31 Ratings

Heddahoppa ,

Loved the conversation about menopause & Gennev

Gave me so much information & hope!
Thank you!

Workflex Advocate ,

Fantastic!

What a fantastic series! The story of Madam Walker is fascinating! Definitely looking out for the Netflix series. And as a small business owner, there are so many tips here that I will take to heart. Super excited to listen to more!

eatink ,

Uplifting story about Hanky Panky founders

Wonderful podcast about the two founders of Hanky Panky. Refreshing to learn about two founders who did really well, shared their success with their employees, and remained friends.