"Woman to Woman" is a new podcast that looks at overcoming stereotypes that keep women down. The host, Divya Yerraguntla, talks with women leaders who have broken through those barriers. Guests share their knowledge about what works and what doesn't. The aim of the podcast is to create a multiplier effect around this wisdom so that all women can take advantage of new opportunities and find success.
Introduction to Woman to Woman Podcast
Mara Isaacs (Producer) is a Tony® and Grammy® Award winning producer and founder of Octopus Theatricals, an independent production company dedicated fostering an expansive range of compelling theatrical works for local, national and international audiences. While she is best known as the lead producer of the Tony-winning musical Hadestown on Broadway, and currently oversees more than 20 projects on the Octopus roster, she has produced over 150 productions that have been seen around the US and in the UK, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa and South America. She runs Sing It Again Records, an indie record label founded in 2019 and is a co-founder of ProducerHub.org and a founding member of the Creative and Independent Producer Alliance. She previously served as Producing Director at McCarter Theater Center in Princeton, NJ for 18 seasons produced new play development programs and productions for Center Theatre Group in Los Angeles.
Beth Behrend is President of the Board of Education of the Princeton Public Schools, where she has recently begun her second three-year term. Professionally, Beth is a corporate attorney with global experience advising Fortune 500 companies on financings, joint ventures, acquisitions, governance, and regulatory matters. After 18 years of active legal practice, Beth led the Riverside School PTO, raised over $50,000 for Princeton school gardens, advocated for garden educators and the integration of garden education into district-wide curriculum, worked with District leadership as a member of the PTO Council and taught religious education at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton (UUCP). She has also served on the boards of the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association, the NJ League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, the Princeton School Garden Cooperative, and UUCP. Beth is a public school graduate and, together with her husband, Robert Eaton, has three children.
Moulakshi (Mou) Roychowdhury, Pharm.D., J.D. is the Executive Director of Regulatory Affairs, US Advertising and Promotion at Allergan Aesthetics, an AbbVie Company and leads a team of professionals who advise the company on FDA regulations. Moulakshi is passionate about finding creative and compliant ways to communicate with consumers and healthcare providers to optimize their knowledge in making healthcare decisions. Moulakshi has found her niche working on unique pharmaceutical direct-to-consumer promotion and digital transformations and believes that if intentions are ethical and in support of public health, compliant paths forward must exist. Moulakshi is also dedicated to growing and empowering the next generation of pharmaceutical professionals through mentorship, fellowships, and networking. Moulakshi received a law degree from Brooklyn Law School, a Doctor of Pharmacy Degree from Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy, Rutgers University, and studied voice throughout her time at Rutgers. Moulakshi is also an active member of the RAPS Regulatory Focus Editorial Advisory Committee. Moulakshi’s favorite saying is by Pablo Picasso: “Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”
Blandine Lacroix is Corporate Vice President, Biopharm and Strategy, and a member of
the US Executive Team at Novo Nordisk Inc. She is on a journey to find her voice and
become more active through her writing in sharing her experiences and learnings to
inspire and empower women, young and diverse talent. She wants to connect with
audiences through narratives that are honest and relatable in hopes of helping others
uncover their passion and find their purpose, inner strength, and their ability to make a
As a global executive in healthcare, her philosophy as a leader is to believe in people
and to empower cultures that embrace their individuality and unique contributions. She
fosters talent development by organizing people into teams that complement each other,
maximizes their skills and strengths, and encourages collaboration across diverse
functions, cultures, and backgrounds to achieve ambitious and sustainable outcomes.
She studied business as an undergraduate at the MBA Institute in Paris, France, and
has a Master of International Business from the University of South Carolina.
Blandine was awarded the Princeton YMCA Centennial Award for Healthy Living, which
recognizes leaders in environmental wellbeing and sustainability, in 2017.
Her biggest and proudest achievement is to “have found her way” to her adopted
daughter and to be her daughter’s “Mum”!
Melinda Wolfe has served as Chief People Officer and led talent initiatives with a passionate focus on diversity, equity and inclusion. Ms. Wolfe began her career in public finance at Merrill Lynch where she managed billions of dollars of project finance and public power transactions for public and private sector clients.
Ms. Wolfe has held the chief HR role at private, private equity-backed and public companies, all with global reach and each at critical inflection points in their size and evolution.
Additionally, Ms. Wolfe has overseen Social Impact and Corporate Social Responsibility efforts that have been a centerpiece of employee engagement efforts.
In addition to her work in the private sector, Ms. Wolfe holds several leadership positions in the non-profit sector. Currently, she chairs the board of the ZanaAfrica Foundation and serves as a board member of Auburn Seminary, Echoing Green and Coqual (formerly, The Center for Talent Innovation). She previously served on the NYC Mayor’s Commission on Women and on advisory boards for several academic institutions including the Dalton School, Barnard’s Athena Center, Duke University, Washington University and the School of Public and International Affairs at Columbia, where she also taught as an Adjunct Faculty Member.
Ms. Wolfe is a frequent speaker at conferences on a range of subjects including talent management, and diversity, equity and inclusion.
She received her undergraduate degree from Washington University and her graduate degree at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.