WoVen celebrates remarkable women working in science, technology and business. Each episode explores specific inflection points in a guests professional lives -- those make or break moments that shaped who they are and where they are today -- and their sources of drive and inspiration.
Passion Meeting Purpose: With Sue Siegel
On this episode of WoVen, Nina Kjellson from Canaan talks to Sue Siegel, who, over 30+ years, has worked as an operator, leading innovator, VC investor, thought leader, and board member of industry-changing companies. Sue has repeatedly been recognized for her leadership skills, and in 2020 she was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by Global Corporate Venture.
Today Sue shares how learning of her mother’s struggle and success encouraged her to fight for her own progress and achievements, and equally to celebrate others’ accomplishments. She imparts wisdom on building and sustaining top-class teams in order to produce the best possible work, and how her five ‘Ways of Working’ principles guide and strengthen the workforce.
Together, Nina and Sue discuss how business has progressed over the course of Sue’s expansive career, as well as a number of silver linings we can glean from the pandemic. These include reaffirming the importance of family time, technological acceleration, and positive, deliberate changes in recruitment, diversity, equity, inclusion, and retention.
Sue on LinkedIn
Closing the Gap to Access: With Headspace’s Dr. Megan Jones Bell
On this episode of WoVen, Canaan’s Nina Kjellson speaks with Chief Strategy & Scientific Officer at Headspace, Dr. Megan Jones Bell. Megan oversees medical and clinical affairs, behavioral science and clinical research, design research, and the company’s digital health subsidiary: Headspace Health.
Megan shares how her own mental health journey led her to study psychology and wanting to turn her negative experiences into a source of strength for herself and a source of positive impact for others.
The two explore how the company reacted with agility and speed to adjust its offerings at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, listening to, and acting on, feedback from within its workforce and its members. From free access for healthcare workers and the unemployed, to reshaping the working week, they also discuss how to put the mental health and needs of ourselves and our employees first.
Content Warning: this episode contains conversations about disordered eating and suicide.
Dr. Megan Jones Bell
The Best of WoVen: Stepping Into The Unknown
Our host Laura Chau explores risky ideas and unexpected paths. Whether it’s switching up an entire career or launching a first business, many of today’s industry leaders and entrepreneurs have found their success by taking daring leaps. We learn how to open ourselves up to new ways of thinking and capitalize on the resulting ideas.
The Best of WoVen: Importance of Community
Our host Laura Chau looks at how people around us shape our lives. From mentors to parents, teachers to peers, the people we surround ourselves with can lift us up, provide opportunities and connections, and inspire us to do better. We learn how to lean on a support network, and when to cut negative forces that start to drain rather than sustain.
The Best of WoVen: Balancing Work and Family
Domestic responsibilities have always fallen more heavily on women than on men, and that remains true even when both partners work outside the home. Juggling domestic and professional life has always been hard, but COVID-19 has made that balance impossible. Our host Nina Kjellson finds that even in pre-COVID interviews, our guests provide much inspiration and guidance in their individual perspectives and experiences as working moms. These women prove that, even in the best of times, there really is no ‘one’ or ‘right’ way to manage family life. And, with a global pandemic raging, sometimes the best one can do is just get through the day.
The Best of WoVen: Combatting Prejudice and Inspiring Change
Host Laura Chau explores past guests’ experience with prejudice. These women share the unique set of challenges that being a woman, or a woman of color presents in overwhelmingly white and male spaces. From their stories, we learn how to cope with the demand of continuously having to prove yourself to others, and the empowerment that can come from pushing back.
Awesome Podcast - interesting, helpful and though-provoking
I found I could really relate to the women in his podcast. great variety of guest speakers, All doing incredible things - really trailblazers in their space!
I really enjoy the blend of personal and professional elements in each interview. These are authentic insights and unvarnished stories from trailblazing women. A great podcast for current or aspiring women leaders.