Each week on Girlboss Radio, you'll hear honest conversations with trailblazing women. These women go deep on what it takes to build a successful career or grow a business with staying power—while living life on their own terms and navigating personal and professional curveballs. Expect hilarious, vulnerable, ~useful~ conversations that humanize the known, champion the unknown, and laugh a little at the absurdity of life. Hosted by Sophia Amoruso, CEO and founder of Girlboss and Neha Gandhi, edi...more
If you have a business idea, chances are at some point you start thinking about how you can best win over potential investors. How can you get them to say 'Yes!' to your big idea? And, more importantly, how can you get them to take out their checkbooks, too? On this week's #GirlbossRadio episode, Sophia Amoruso talks with Suzy Ryoo, who has spent the better part of her career strategically analyzing companies and determining whether or not they’re worth the financial investment. But today, Suzy ...more
One of the most pervasive problems plaguing our world and environment right now is exactly how much plastic we use once and then toss. Not to mention that it often makes its way into the ocean every year. It can feels overwhelming—and there isn’t one solution out there, but with such a massive problem, there are new companies out there whose goal it is to help solve the issue. On this week's Girlboss Radio, Sophia Amoruso chats with Sarah Paiji Yoo, the co-founder and CEO of Blueland, a company ...more
Catt Sadler's career as an entertainment journalist was, by many means, a dream job. It allowed her to cover the red carpet and interview many of Hollywood's hottest celebrities. But, in 2017 while working as a co-host at E! News, Catt found out some startling information. Her male coworker was getting paid "twice" her salary at the network. So—she asked for more at the bargaining table. But after the back and forth negotiations, no deal was struck and Catt did what few thought she would: She wa...more
On this episode of Girlboss Radio, Piera takes us on her journey from growing up in a small town in Maine to running a major media company in New York. Co-founder and executive creative director of Refinery29, Piera’s colorful influence can be felt everywhere but especially in the dreamlike spectacle that is @29rooms, an interactive exhibition filled with art and experiences that Piera spearheaded. Inspired by everything from children's books to Guggenheim exhibits, Piera walks through the world...more
Chances are that—in today's wellness-focused industry—you've heard the benefits of probiotics. But what is the science behind it all? On this week's show, Sophia Amoruso speaks to Ara Katz, the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Seed. Seed is a consumer life science company that develops probiotics and is also pioneering the applications of bacteria to improve human and planetary health. Listen to hear Ara discuss how her breastfeeding experience led her to discover the microbiome and inspired a personal ...more
Thanks to our friends over at TUMI, we’re able to bring you a special, bonus episode of the podcast, recorded live in front of an audience at the Girlboss Rally in L.A.! On this episode of Girlboss Radio, Aurora walks us through how she founded Brother Vellies with just $3,500 dollars in her pocket. The goal, she says, was to introduce traditional African shoes to the rest of the world while adhering to ethical and sustainable fashion practices. Plus, she shares how she maintains a healthy relat...more
You don't have to be a makeup lover to understand how much of a game changer the NAKED palette from Urban Decay was when it was first released in 2010. Its beautiful assortment of neutral eyeshadow colors with just the right mix of shimmering pigments quickly became a staple in everyone’s makeup kit after it launched. And on this week's episode, we hear from Wende Zomnir, the Chief Creative Officer and a founding partner of Urban Decay Cosmetics. She gave us the low-down on she went from playing...more
While at Nasty Gal, Sophia Amoruso relied on Lisa Buhler’s eye as a buyer to curate the company’s fashion merchandise. Fast forward to today, and Lisa is still spotting trends, except this time she's doing it for her own online clothing boutique, Lisa Says Gah!On this week’s episode of Girlboss Radio, Lisa and Sophia catch up on old times and what’s changed for the two of them since exiting Nasty Gal. Tune in to hear how Lisa has made sustainability a core, but profitable, part of her business m...more
Ayesha Curry is familiar with living her life in the limelight. Yet along with fame, she deals with scrutiny from fans, tabloids, and—of course—trolls. That hasn’t stopped her, though, from charting her own course in the food industry. Over the years, Ayesha has released a bestselling cookbook, a line of cookware, opened a Michelin-star restaurant, and launched a meal-kit delivery service. Now, she's executive producing and hosting the ABC cooking show Family Food Fight. Getting here hasn’t been...more
We've got a bonus episode of Girlboss Radio for you this week—straight from Code Conference, the premier technology conference by Recode and Vox Media. It was our first Girlboss Radio episode taped in front of a live audience and we couldn't be happier to have done it with Brynn Putnam, the mastermind behind Mirror, a new fitness technology that's making waves in the industry. Mirror looks exactly like what it sounds like—a mirror—except it transmits workout classes for you to follow along from ...more
We’ve got a special guest this week: NY senator and presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand joins Girlboss Radio for a wide-ranging conversation with Girlboss COO Neha Gandhi. As a presidential candidate, Sen. Gillibrand has some sweeping political reforms on the table. For instance, she’s advocating for publicly funded elections as a way to get big corporate money out of politics, she’s pledged to not appoint judges who would help overturn Roe v. Wade, and she’s introduced a “Family Bill of R...more
We often think of being “niche” as meaning “small.” But, as we learn on this week’s episode, building niche communities just *might* be the future of all media and businesses. To help us understand how the landscape of social networks and community-building has changed in recent years, Sophia Amoruso chats with Gina Bianchini, founder and CEO of Mighty Networks. Bianchini is an expert on network effects, what it takes to cultivate an audience and, perhaps more importantly, what it means to build...more
On this week’s Girlboss Radio, we hear from Afton Vechery, co-founder and CEO of Modern Fertility. It’s a company that’s taken the standard blood tests you would normally get at a fertility clinic and made them available at-home. The goal, she says, is to empower women to have more information about their fertility, so we can all make informed decisions in regard to our own family-planning goals.Listen to hear what science can and can’t tell us about our fertility. Plus, Vechery talks business, ...more
Season 1 of the new series, Gangster Capitalism is on the 2019 College Admissions Scandal that is exposing everyone from Hollywood celebrities to CEOs in an unprecedented scam. Award-winning filmmaker and host of the podcast What Really Happened?, Andrew Jenks introduces you to the people involved and the inner workings of this fraud. He also explores the larger debate around higher education in America. Available wherever you listen to podcasts, just search for “Gangster Capitalism."
You're probably seen photos of the Museum of Ice Cream, that dessert wonderland with a pool of sprinkles and candy confections that just beg for a photo to be taken. But, hashtags and perfect feed placements aside, what did it take to make it all a reality—and quickly scale it into a recognizable brand and product?On this week's Girlboss Radio, founder of Girlboss, Sophia Amoruso chats with Maryellis Bunn, the woman who first had the vision and tenacity to make the Museum of Ice Cream a reality....more
When Shivani Siroya founded Tala, she had a simple mission: To help overcome the barrier to accessing credit lines that people in developing economies face. Enter Tala, a finance and technology company that provides microloans and other financial services via its mobile app to people in countries like Kenya, Mexico, and the Philippines. And with billions of people around the world without a readily accessible “financial identity,” Tala has quickly grown from a small team of 4 to an international...more
Today, Elaine Welteroth is an award-winning journalist, author, and former editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue. But before all of that, Welteroth was just a normal college student searching on Google for tips on how to work in magazines.Eventually, she landed a dream internship at a publication she’d long respected. But—then Welteroth had a choice to make: Say yes to an internship at a publication she'd always wanted to work at, or work elsewhere, but with a woman whose career she'd long admired? She ...more
Alyssa Milano has a turbulent love affair with social media. On one hand, she loves being able to see what political and social issues matter most to ordinary people around the globe. On the other hand, she's fully aware that platforms like Twitter are full of dark corners, where political dialogue becomes circular—even toxic. Still, all of it has allowed her to own a brand of activism that's all hers. In this week's episode of Girlboss Radio, Milano chats with Girlboss COO Neha Gandhi about why...more
Cyndi Ramirez will be the first to tell you that the idea of opening her own spa and manicure location, much less one ready-made for the age of Instagram, never occurred to her. Indeed, it wasn’t until Cyndi was out with her husband and looking for a massage spot (and perhaps even a manicure) that the origins of what would later become Chillhouse, crept into her mind.Today, Ramirez has built Chillhouse into a brand that goes beyond the spa and wellness hub of New York City. Instead, it's a compa...more
Valerie Jarrett has known and worked with the Obamas for 28 years and it all began with a job interview with Michelle Obama, then Michelle Robinson. Fast-forward to today, and Jarrett has the distinction of being the longest-serving senior advisor to ANY president in history, after having served as senior advisor to President Obama all eight years while in office. She’s currently a senior advisor to the Obama Foundation and sits on the board of directors for companies like Lyft and the Kennedy C...more
Just a few years ago, Rachel Brathen, a.k.a., “Yoga Girl,” was sharing her experiences with yoga on a growing little platform called Instagram while trying to fill a small class of 30 at a local studio.Today, Brathen has more than 2M followers on Instagram, is a serial entrepreneur, a New York Times best-selling author, and the founder of three different not-for-profits. How did she do it? In this episode, Brathen chats with Sophia about what it’s like to go from being a broke yoga teacher in La...more
You've probably heard this before: Today's media landscape isn't what it used to be. It's a little less shiny, it’s harder to stay relevant, and it’s much harder to hold people’s attention and really make an impact through all the noise.But, if you've managed to do exactly that, consistently, for many years, across different publications—then you might just be someone by the name of Tina Brown. She led Vanity Fair magazine as its first female editor-in-chief, bringing the magazine back from near...more
Reshma Saujani, founder of Girls Who Code, joins host Sophia Amoruso to discuss her new book, Brave, Not Perfect: Fear Less, Fail More, And Live Bolder. In it, Saujani argues that there's a stark, cultural difference in how we are raising boys and girls to approach risk-taking and failure. As in, boys are taught to embrace risk and see failure as inevitable while girls are taught to strive for perfection and to lean toward what they're good at. And it's in that quest for perfection that makes it...more
Known for transforming her students with her magical, virtually unexplainable workout, The Class, Taryn is on a deep soul journey to become one with her past and open herself to higher purpose and greater fulfillment. The Class by Taryn Toomey has been lauded as a transcending practice, garnering recognition from news outlets like Fast Company, The Hollywood Reporter, Vogue, The New York Times, and The New Yorker. Taryn has presented her method at the TEDx Conference, Fast Company Innovation Con...more
Maria Menounos is an Emmy Award Winning Journalist, New York Times Best Selling author, actress and entrepreneur. She started her career at 21 at Channel One News and has worked as a host for some of the biggest entertainment news outlets out there, including Entertainment Tonight, Extra, Access Hollywood, The Today Show and E! News. She also hosted a SiriusXM Show, Conversations with Maria Menounos for three years, which recently shifted into a weekly podcast, which you can hear wherever good p...more
Michelle Lee is an editor, influencer, thought leader and sought-after public speaker. Michelle started her career in magazines, working at publications such as Parenting Magazine, Glamour Magazine, Paper magazine and more! She was part of the launch teams for Us Weekly and The Daily Front Row, as well as CosmoGIRL, which won Adweek’s Launch of the Year. She has held senior staff positions at Mademoiselle and is the former editor-in-chief of In Touch Weekly and intouchweekly.com. Other career hi...more
Poppy Jamie is a media personality, mental health activist and entrepreneur. Poppy started her career out as a TV presenter in Britain and moved over to America in 2015 to host snapchat’s first-ever chat show. From there she shifted into entrepreneurship, co-founding accessories brand, Pop+Suki. Her most recent entrepreneurial venture is called, Happy Not Perfect. It is a deeply personal project combining years of scientific research, inspiration from her mother (who is a psychotherapist) and re...more
Angélica Fuentes is a Latin American businesswoman and impact investor, who has committed her life to gender equality. At the age of 29, Angélica was appointed CEO of Grupo Imperial. From there she went onto head many different energy companies including the Mexican Natural Gas Association and the Business Energy Network of APEC. In addition to her career as a powerful executive, Angélica has equally devoted herself to supporting the cause of women and gender equality. Some of...more
Rebecca Minkoff’s accessible luxury designs have made her an industry leader in handbags, accessories, footwear and apparel. She launched her brand in 2001 with an iconic capsule collection that landed her on The Tonight Show, and became an overnight sensation. In 2005, the “Morning After Bag,” a.k.a. the “M.A.B,” ignited Rebecca’s career as a handbag designer. In 2009, Rebecca returned to her roots of apparel design, introducing her first ready-to-wear collection.Today, Rebecca Minkoff is...more
How To Get What You Want: Don’t have a business or idea you want to pitch? Considerhow these tips can be used in other areas of your life, i.e. pitching for the job or salary you want.
Sara Wilson is a journalist, entrepreneur and digital strategist. She started her career in Media working for companies such as MTV, People, The Economist, Los Angeles Magazine and The Huffington Post. During her time at The Huffington Post, she managed several sections and pioneered concepts of social-first storytelling at scale. This is what led her to Facebook, where she spent nearly five years running lifestyle partnerships at Facebook and Instagram. During this time, she developed relations...more
Knowing your audience is the first step to communicating effectively. This episode will break down how to secure funding by getting to know your VC audience a little better.
Bozoma Saint John is an accomplished marketing and advertising executive. Her first career-shifting role, was as the Head of Music and Entertainment Marketing at Pepsi-Co. During this time, she drove breakthrough consumer engagement by collaborating with tastemakers, like, the one and only, Beyonce. Following Pepsi, Bozoma became the Head of Global Consumer Marketing for Apple Music and iTunes. When she presented at Apple’s Keynote Worldwide Developers Conference, she stole the show. Buzzfeed ev...more
What makes a good pitch? What makes someone want to invest in you and give you funding for your idea?
Launching November 1, this 6-episode podcast will serve as a crash course in how to knock your next pitch out of the park. You'll learn from Away co-founder Jen Rubio as she delivers must-know advice for all budding business entrepreneurs.
Taking the plunge—Daring to change direction: Ready to charge into your new life, head on? Here’s your refresher and personal itinerary for shifting into a life you love. With host, Noor Tagouri and guest Lalah Delia.
Luvvie Ajayi is a writer, podcaster, and speaker known for her commitment to gender and racial justice. Her debut book, I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual was an instant New York Times best-seller. The 15-year blogging veteran covers all things pop culture at AwesomelyLuvvie.com. On her new podcast, Rants and Randomness, she shares her most pressing rants, raves and faves, and interviews interesting guests. Luvvie is also a sought-after speaker who has spoken at ...more
How to present your best self, while being real: Is it possible to both “sell yourself” and be authentic? Yes, it’s all about your perspective on sharing.
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is a supermodel, designer, actress and businesswoman. She plays a pivotal role in defining the ongoing evolution of the fashion industry. Rosie has graced the cover of over 100 international magazines and worked with brands such as Versace, Burberry, Jimmy Choo, Ralph Lauren, and Victoria’s Secret. She has been on Forbes Highest Paid Models list two years in a row. She’s also been awarded Glamour UK’s Woman of the Year award, Harper’s Bazaar UK Business Woman Of The Yea...more
Lisa Ryan Howard is an advertising expert with 20 years of strategic media experience in deep print, digital and integrated sales roots.Some of her past job titles include, Senior Vice President of Conde Nast, Publisher of Billboard, business lead of lifestyles at Yahoo, and the vice president of consumer strategy at WebMD.After WebMD, she started working at The New York Times where she initially served as Senior Vice President of advertising. Since then she has transitioned into the role of Sen...more
Learn how to juggle relationships in a busy world: You shouldn’t have to say goodbye to your social life in the name of goal-setting. This is your guide to staying connected and nurturing relationships, even when you’re busy. With host Noor Tagouri and guest Luvvie Ajayi.
Anu Duggal is an entrepreneur, and venture capitalist. Anu began her tech career as a co-founder of Exclusively.in, a private sale e-commerce company and later moved onto become the CEO of Doonya, which is a dance fitness and media company. These days, Anu is the Founding Partner of Female Founders Fund, an early-stage fund, investing in technology companies started by women. Female Founders Fund has invested in some of the fastest growing female-led start-ups nationwide including: Eloquii, WayU...more
What nobody tells you about changing careers: Planning to quit your day job on the spot and begin a new adventure? Admirable, but for most people, not realistic. Here’s what you need to know about jumping ship and starting again. Hosted by Noor Tagouri and with guest Cassandra Grey.
Transitioning to a path that works better for you: So you have a dream, an end goal—now what? Episode two is crash course in the do’s and don’ts of transitioning from the life you have to the life you want, with minimal messiness. Hosted by Noor Tagouri with guest Cassandra Grey
How to find your purpose and let it inspire you: To get from A to B, you have to have a destination in mind. Our first episode is about discovering your purpose—a north star that points you in the direction of your dreams. Hosted by Noor Tagouri with Guest, Lalah Delia.
Sarah Larson Levey is an innovator, entrepreneur, registered yoga instructor, author, and certified Health Coach.Sarah launched Y7 at 26, after working in Fashion for five years. She created it from a personal pain point as she yearned for something other than the traditional yoga practice. Y7 is super unique: their classes combine 60-minutes of intensity, heat and strength, complemented by deep breathing and set to the latest beats. Since launching in 2013, the Y7 brand has expanded to a bicoas...more
Marti Noxon is an Emmy Nominated Writer and producer responsible for some of the greatest shows of all time. Over the course of her impressive career, Marti has worked on beloved and critically acclaimed series, such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Mad Men, Grey’s Anatomy, Brothers & Sisters, and Glee. With hundreds of hours of television under her belt, she is one of the most prolific writer-producers in television today. She currently has several television series on the air including the cri...more
The best and brightest female entrepreneurs, creatives, and founders get really real with host Noor Tagouri when it comes to nurturing self-development and well-being in a bustling, always-on world. Whether it’s identifying a sense of purpose in your day-to-day, finding productivity hacks, taking care of relationships, changing careers, or cultivating a greater sense of self-love, this podcast presented in partnership with TUMI is an unmissable toolkit for the on-the-go individual in search of a...more
As Chief Marketing Officer, Joanne oversees SoFi’s consumer-facing functions including marketing, business development, partnerships, and member services. She joined SoFi from Pinterest, where she led global commercial and content partnerships, platform adoption and monetization efforts. Bradford has held executive leadership positions at The San Francisco Chronicle, Demand Media, Yahoo!, Microsoft and BusinessWeek. Throughout her career, she’s had significant experience leading product marketin...more
Kyle Richards is a reality star, entrepreneur and TV producer. Kyle started her career as a child actor. Over the course of her career she accrued over 100 film and TV credits including roles on ER, Little House on the Prairie and CSI. More recently she has become a fixture on reality television through eight seasons on Bravo’s The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, as well as a recent appearance on NBC’s Celebrity Apprentice. She is also a successful entrepreneur who runs her own high-end retail...more
Michelle Phan is a digital pioneer, who trail-blazed the online beauty industry. Michelle’s beauty videos have been viewed more than 1 billion times, making her one of the most watched talents in the digital space.She has been featured on Forbes' 30 Under 30 list in the category of Art and Style, Inc’s 30 Under 30 Coolest Entrepreneurs and Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business. Michelle was a creator and founder of Ipsy. In 2017, Michelle acquired EM Cosmetics from Ipsy. She is also th...more
Jennifer Fisher began her career as a wardrobe stylist, working on feature films, television shows, and commercials. When her son was born, Jennifer began to look for a piece of fine jewelry, that both spelled his name, and expressed her personal style. She was unable to find anything unique, so she designed a piece for herself. When friends, family, and even strangers began to request that Jennifer design one for them too, she knew she was onto something. With that, Jennifer Fisher ...more
Jen Rubio is the co-founder of Away Luggage. Before starting Away, Jen built her career by creating compelling brand narratives for some of the world’s most innovative companies. She started at Johnson and Johnson. After working there for a couple years, she quickly moved onto work for herself as a social media manager, before that was even a real job title. In 2011, Jen joined the early executive team for Warby Parker as Head of Social Media. It was at Warby Parker, that she met her Away co-fou...more
Ibtihaj Muhammad is an American sabre fencer, 2016 Olympic medalist, 5-time Senior World medalist and World Champion in the sport of fencing. In August 2016, she became the first American woman to compete in the Olympics in hijab and is also the first Muslim woman to win an Olympic medal for the United States. In addition to fencing, Ibtihaj is an entrepreneur and author. In 2014, she launched her own clothing company, Louella. This summer she partnered with Mattel to release their first hijabi ...more
Joanna Coles is a journalist, entrepreneur, producer and author. Joanna was born in England and worked in London for many years as a journalist before moving to the United States in 1997. At that time, she worked for The Guardian, and later, forThe Times of London as their New York columnist. In 2006, she joined Hearst Magazines as the editor-in-chief of Marie Claire. Then, in 2012, she was named editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan, the world’s largest women’s media brand. For now, Joanna is t...more
Lizzie Velasquez is an author, host and Motivational speaker. Lizzie was born with a rare disease called Neonatal Progeroid Syndrome, which makes it impossible for her to gain weight. When Lizzie was 17 years old, she stumbled upon a youtube video that was titled “World’s Ugliest Woman”. To her shock, the video featured a photo of her face. Lizzie was devastated that someone could be so cruel, however, it was in that moment of absolute despair that she decided to start her public speaking career...more
Angelica Ross is an actress, entrepreneur and activist. Angelica started her career in the Navy. Six months after joining, she requested and received an "uncharacterized" discharge under the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy, because she was harassed by enlisted men who coerced her into saying she was gay. After leaving The Navy, Angelica began her gender transition. Angelica then moved to Hollywood, Florida and worked as a model and escort until 2003. After that she started a web development ...more
Brooklyn Decker is an actress, entrepreneur and co-founder of Finery. Brooklyn's layered career started as a model when she was just a teenager. She quickly garnered success with publications like Sports Illustrated, Vogue, Elle, GQ, and Glamour. Eight years ago, she transitioned into acting. She has played parts in Ugly Betty, Battlefield, and is currently working Opposite Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, as a series regular on Netflix's hit show, Grace and Frankie. Most recently, Brooklyn has taken...more
Jameela Jamil is an actress, journalist, DJ, Model and activist. In 2009, Jameela’s life changed dramatically as she went from an English teacher, to hosting T4, the most popular Youth TV program in the UK. Ever the boundary-breaker, Jameela became the first female presenter to host BBC Radio 1’s Official Chart Show. After a health scare she had in her late 20s, Jameela decided to completely restart her life: she quit her radio job and moved to the United States. Within a short amount of t...more
Shelley Zalis is a founder, CEO and internationally-renowned thought leader for advancing equality in the workplace. Shelley changed the game by becoming the first female chief executive of a company, ranked in the research industry’s top Twenty-Five. Today, as CEO of The Female Quotient, Shelley is advancing gender equality across industries with the Girls’ Lounge: a pop-up experience at conferences across the globe, as well as within companies. In addition to being an entrepreneur and th...more
Hannah Hart is an award-winning comedian, TV host, Forbes’ 30 Under 30 recipient and New York Times best-selling author. Hannah is the creator and star of her weekly web series, “My Drunk Kitchen”, which has amassed millions of views since its first episode in 2011. Hannah has written two New York Times Best Sellers, titled My Drunk Kitchen: A Guide to Eating, Drinking, and Going with Your Gut and Buffering: Unshared Tales Of A Life Fully Loaded. In addition to books and YouTube, she also ...more
Shan-Lyn Ma is the CEO and Co-Founder of Zola. Shan-Lyn started her career at Yahoo!, which was a company she had dreamed of working at all her life. In 2008 she moved onto Gilt, where she started as a product manager and eventually became Senior Director of Product. She also Founded and was the GM of Gilt Taste, the food & wine division. In 2012 Shan went to Chloe + Isabel, but quickly realized that it was time for her to start her own company. Her company, Zola, launched in 2013 and ...more
Nikki and Brie Bella, also known as the Bella Twins, are Entrepreneurs, Influencers, WWE Stars and reality stars. There are very few women who have impacted the WWE universe in the way The Bella Twins have. Each of them have respectively earned a Divas title during their time in the WWE between 2011 and 2012. More recently, they participated in the first-ever Women’s Royal Rumble: a monumental event in WWE History that forever changed the lives and careers of women in wrestling. Outside of...more
Tamara Mellon is an entrepreneur, author, founder, and designer, best known for co-founding Jimmy Choo and founding her own brand, Tamara Mellon. At Jimmy Choo, she built one of the most recognizable luxury brands in the world—transforming what she saw as a gap in the accessories market into a multi-million dollar opportunity and cultural phenomenon. Since leaving the iconic brand, Tamara has written a memoir, In My Shoes, and launched a new business.Today, she runs her luxury shoe brand in a de...more
Arlan Hamilton is the founder and managing partner of Backstage Capital, a venture fund that dedicated to minimizing funding disparities in tech by investing in high-potential female, minority and LGBTQ founders. Arlan built her fund from the ground up, without the connections or experience most others VCs boast—and while she was homeless. Since 2015, Backstage has invested nearly $5M into over 100 startups led by underestimated founders. And in early May of 2018, Backstage announced that it had...more
Rebecca Jarvis is an Emmy-award winning journalist, ABC News’ Chief Business, Technology & Economics Correspondent; and the host and creator of ABC’s podcast featuring game changing women, No Limits with Rebecca Jarvis. Rebecca began her journalism career writing for Crain's Chicago Business and Business 2.0. She has since worked for nearly every prestigious broadcast news organization including, ABC, CBS, CNBC and NBC. She has conducted news-making interviews with the biggest names in...more
"Jen Gotch is OK...Sometimes" is the newest podcast to hit the Girlboss Radio network, hosted by ban.do founder and chief creative officer (turned mental health advocate and cult Instagrammer), Jen Gotch. Subscribe and get an all-access pass to Jen Gotch's beautiful brain. Jen Gotch is OK...Sometimes launches May 29th wherever good podcasts are found."Jen Gotch is OK...Sometimes" the newest podcast from Girlboss Radio network, hosted by ban.do founder and chief creative officer (turned men...more
On this 2nd edition special episode, you'll hear inspirational stories and advice from more remarkable women who spoke at the recent Girlboss Rally in L.A., like fashion entrepreneur Jen Gotch, venture capitalist Sarah Kunst, Beautycon CEO Moj Mahdara, divorce attorney to the stars Laura Wasser and Female Quotient CEO Shelley Zalis.
Aimee Song is a fashion blogger, New York Times Best Selling Author and Instagram influencer. Since launching her blog, Song of Style, in 2008, Aimee Song has grown from a micro blogger into a member of the Forbes 30 under 30, and, an international influencer who even has her own Barbie doll. She is also an entrepreneur: growing her own shirt company with her sister called, Two Songs, and working on interior design projects. Additionally, she is a key philanthropist for Charity Water, a non-prof...more
On this special episode of Girlboss Radio, we're speaking to some of the remarkable thought leaders and game-changing women who spoke at the recent Girlboss Rally in LA. Soak up some of the magic and inspiration of the rally at home, with Girlboss editors and guests like actor Jameela Jamil, speaker and advocate Lizzie Velasquez, Arlan Hamilton of Backstage Capital, poet Aija Mayrock and more. Presented in partnership with Secret.
Patty McCord is best known for serving as Chief Talent Officer of Netflix from 1998-2012. During her time at Netflix she collaborated with other managers over the course of ten years to write a deck on company culture that has been shared over 15 million times on Slideshare and that Sheryl Sandberg has called, “the most important document ever to come out of the Valley”.Patty's book, Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility, was published in January of 2018 and shares many of t...more
Rachel Bloom is a Golden Globe and Critics' Choice Award winning actress, writer and producer, best known for creating and starring in the series, Crazy Ex Girlfriend on The CW Network. Rachel attended NYU, Tisch School of the Arts for theatre and graduated in 2009. She first caught attention of the industry in 2010, when she released a comedic music video, tiled, "F*ck Me, Ray Bradbury", which went viral and was nominated for a Hugo Award. She went onto work as a tv writer in Los Angeles where ...more
Emily Chang is an Emmy-Award Winning Journalist, tech guru, LinkedIn influencer and author. As a journalist, Emily has worked for some of the most prestigious news institutions, including CNN and BloombergTV. She has also interviewed some of tech's biggest names, such as Twitter Co-Founder, Evan Williams, LinkedIn Co-founder and Executive Chairman Reid Hoffman, Melinda Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg and many more. Today she joins us to talk about her new book, Brotopia: Breaking Up The ...more
Jen Atkin is a celebrity hairstylist and entrepreneur who has been called “The Most Influential hairstylist in the World.” by The New York Times. Her first big break was styling Sofia Vergara’s hair. From there, she has gone onto become one of the biggest names in the hair industry, working with stars such as as Kim Kardashian, Chrissy Teigen, Gigi Hadid, Kendall Jenner and many more. Jen is also an impressive entrepreneur and has leveraged her expertise, massive social following and star power ...more
On each episode of #LIPSTORIES influential female founders, creators and thought leaders take listeners through some of their most notable, inspiring, funny stories from their everyday lives—while they’re out traveling the world, crushing it at work, or even just hanging out with friends. Presented by Girlboss Radio in partnership with Sephora Collection.
Donna Carpenter has been working at Burton for the past 35 years and has held just about every job from dipping snowboards in polyurethane and answering the customer service line, to CEO. She has been instrumental in the company’s growth, expanding Burton’s business to Europe in the 1980s. In more recent years, Donna has shifted from President to CEO, worked to make Burton an employer of choice for women and amped up the company's sustainability and philanthropy efforts. Today she joins us to ta...more
Andy has been a literary agent at WME, the largest literary agency in the country for eighteen years. She has been behind multiple New York Times best-selling authors, representing a wide variety of clients, such as Chrissy Teigen, Karlie Kloss, Tory Burch, Alicia Silverstone and our host, Sophia Amoruso. Andy is the reason that Girlboss was published. Today, Andy joins us to share the perils of perfectionism and how to embrace mistakes, how to figure out what your story is and how to...more
Aminatou Sow is a multi-hyphenate to say the least, but for anyone who's ever listened to Call Your Girlfriend—the podcast she hosts with Ann Friedman—she's also someone you might consider, well, a friend. Made in partnership with Sephora Collection in celebration of #LIPSTORIES, Amina
Sarah Robb O’Hagan is a high-energy combination of disruptive business leader, fitness fanatic, and cheerleading mom. As Chief Executive Officer of the fastest growing indoor cycling company, Flywheel Sports, she is currently innovating the business through digital content and services. She’s also the author of Extreme You: Step up. Stand out. kick Ass. Repeat. Today, Sarah joins us to talk about business innovation, inspiring human performance and bouncing back from major fail...more
After 15 years as co-anchor of NBC’s TODAY Show, In 2006, Katie Couric made history when she left to join CBS television as the first woman at the helm of an evening newscast. She went on to host a network daytime talk show, serve as Global News Anchor for Yahoo News, and in 2015 she launched Katie Couric Media.
Nicole Quinn is helping lead the charge for investing in women-run businesses, and on this week's episode of Girlboss Radio, she's sharing all her insider tips. Including, her advice on how to build a meaningful network.
On this special International Women’s Day addition of Girlboss Radio presented in partnership with Google Play, Sophia speaks with a woman helping change the game when it comes to representation, programming and beyond. Tina Amini has been playing games and reporting on the gaming industry for over eight years. And as the new editorial manager of games IGN, she’s directly involved in re-shaping the conversation about what it means to be a girl, and a gamer.
After two decades in the fashion spotlight, Miranda has successfully made the transition and evolution to entrepreneur and business woman, building her own company Kora Organics. Today, she’ll talk to us about beauty secrets and we’ll bond over a shared appreciation of rose quartz.
On this episode, We’re joined by Tess Holliday. Tess is a voice for all women who have been cast aside and disrespected for failing to fit into societal standards. At 5’5 and a size 22, she is rocking the modeling world. On social media, she’s using her voice to spread messages of body positivity everywhere. Today she’ll talk about her career, her memoir and about the women in her life that inspired her to believe in herself even when her dreams seemed out of reach.
Laura Wasser is a highly respected divorce attorney who has represented clients like Kim Kardashian, Angelina Jolie and Stevie Wonder. In 2017, she launched It’s Over Easy, a digital divorce platform that guides couples through the many different points of the divorce process without a super hefty price tag. Today, Laura joins us to talk about her new company and she’ll share some of her best advice for how to help you protect yourself and (your hard earned funds) from a visit to her offic...more
Today's guest, Priya Malani, has designed a financial planning strategy for millennials—an entire generation that’s still largely ignored by traditional financial institutions. Today we’ll talk to Priya about how she’s working to disrupt the financial planning industry and we’ll get her best advice on saving for essentials without sacrificing the things we love...like dream vacations.
Karley Sciortino, is the founder of Slutever, a website that explores sexuality through both humor and intellect. Karley explores all manner of between-the-sheets topics on her blog, as well as in a monthly Vogue column called “Breathless”. She’s also the creator and host of a documentary series on Viceland and she recently released her debut book titled Slutlever: Dispatches from a Sexually Autonomous Woman in a Post-Shame World. Today, she’ll talk to us about sexuality...more
Today, Sophia speaks to the inimitable SJP about her latest project, HBO’s hit series, Divorce. The pair reflect on what made Sex and the City such a lasting phenomenon, and of course, SJP speaks about her involvement with the #TimesUp movement.
Lilly Singh also known as the YouTube sensation behind "Superwoman." The comedian, rapper, author, actress, and motivational speaker has over 13 million video subscribers and over 1 billion video views. She joins us today to talk about how she went from battling depression, to being the highest grossing female YouTube star.
Rupi Kaur is a poet, artist, and performer whose ability to thoughtfully observe and connect women through her words has inspired readers around the world. At just 25, with over 2.1 million followers on Instagram, she has taken the world by storm and has become the voice of a generation. Her books, the recently released the sun and her flowers, and her debut book, milk and honey, are international best sellers with milk and honey selling over 2.5 million copies and and landing as a #1 New York T...more
Meet Dr. Lauren Hazzouri. Dr Lauren is offering women a new approach to mental healthcare. Her treatment program, "The Practice" is an online and in-person, community based program that is infused with art, music, dance and Dr. Lauren's ability to speak candidly regarding the ever-present issues plaguing young girls and women in our society. Ge ready-- this episode is a workout for your spirit, a pep rally for your soul and an introduction to one of the coolest docs we know.
Beginning Sunday, January 14th, GB Editorial Director Jerico Mandybur brings you a weekly deep dive into the world of spiritual, social and physical Self Care.
Kate Berlant is an actor, stand-up comedian and writer who was profiled by The New York Times as a “magnetic improvisational comic” at the forefront of experimental comedy. Today, she’ll join us to talk about her career as a woman in comedy and she’ll teach us a few improv strategies that might help you nail your next big interview or boardroom presentation.
Imagine losing your job, running out of money, living in your car and going days without a meal. Well, that’s what happened to our guest Arian Simone. Instead of letting it crush her, she leaned on her faith, her ingenuity and positive vibes to help her find her way to her dream career. Now, she’s the CEO of Arian Simone Enterprises. On this episode, she’ll share her story and tell us what she learned about being fearless.
A few short years ago, Amber started a fashion blog. Now, she’s running a fashion tech company that has disrupted the industry and provided thousands of “influencers” lucrative jobs blogging and posting on social media about what they love... fashion. Today, she’ll talk to us about innovation and creating successful brands in the digital space.
Gabby Bernstein is an ambition oracle for every girlboss. For over a decade, she has traveled the world guiding and motivating women to join her on a journey to bring balance and contentment into everyday life. Gabby’s philosophies are rooted in her own life experiences. Experiences that led her to hit rock bottom at just 25 years old after she became addicted to work, addicted to alcohol and addicted to drugs. After changing her own path and embracing spiritual, holistic, and metaphysical pract...more
In her tiny kitchen in Brooklyn, armed with just $100 in cash, Lisa Price transformed a hobby of mixing up fragrances in her home into the multi-million dollar beauty empire we know today as Carol’s Daughter. She began by selling her homemade beauty products at flea markets, but before long, celebrities—like Will Smith, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Jay-Z, and Mary J. Blige—became loyal customers and investors. But the road that led her here was filled with tough lessons, big risks, and even bankruptcy. T...more
Morra Aarons-Mele quit 10 jobs before the age of 30. She found herself feeling depressed, crying in ladies rooms, and uncertain of where she fit in the workforce. As an introvert and self described “hermit”, Morra eventually came to the realization that for some, success might mean “leaning out” instead of “leaning in.” Today, she's an entrepreneur, author and host of the podcast “Hiding in the Bathroom.” As the founder of digital marketing agency, Women Online, and has launched award winning ca...more
Today, Sophia sits down with a sharp, incisive editor who is committed to reporting on and celebrating powerful women. The voice behind Fortune's daily newsletter, "Broadsheet," Kristen spends her days mining for stories that are shaping our lives across a range of different industries. As part of the team that selects Fortune's annual Most Powerful Women list, she has a lot of ideas about what it means to have and keep "power." Listen along for a thoughtful deep dive into what power means for w...more
Born in Toronto and based in Brooklyn, Aurora James dreamed up the idea for her crush-worthy shoe brand, Brother Vellies, while backpacking through Africa. She travels the globe designing, creating and sustaining artisanal jobs in Africa by employing cooperatives of women who specialize in shoemaking with natural materials. Through her work she’s learned a thing or two about collaboration, tradition, and personal development... and she’ll share that with us today.
On today’s episode of Girlboss Radio, Sophia sits down with Leandra Medine Cohen, the hilarious mastermind behind Man Repeller, a community and content hub she affectionately refers to as a nudist community. What follows is an some of the most poignant, powerful advice you could get—about going with your gut, rebelling against singular definitions, life as an "influencer," and probably plotting world domination. It's ours for the taking, right?
Last July, Gretchen Carlson came forward with her experience of being sexually harassed at FOX News by then-CEO, the late Roger Ailes. Her story is one that's all too familiar for many women. Most recently, we’ve seen it in the spate of “me too” stories that have come out following the allegations of assault, harassment, and abuse against Harvey Weinstein—and so many other men in positions of power. Today, Carlson joins us to discuss her new book Be Fierce (which surfaces similar stories f...more
Jen Gotch is a creative powerhouse who loves yard sales and unicorns. After a long (and winding) journey trying her hand at a slew of not-so-great jobs that led her to where she is today, she’s now the chief creative officer and fearless leader of ban.do. On today’s episode, Jen talks about tapping into her creative power and finding the strength push through her bad days.
On this episode of Girlboss Radio, we're joined by Garance Doré, founder of Atelier Doré. She and Sophia go to a wide-open, vulnerable place about what it's like to work in fashion—and why Fashion Week doesn't feel worth it anymore. They have a frank discussion about fertility, PTSD after IVF, therapy, burnout, and finding purpose. Ahead, a moving conversation that will make you think.
Jennifer Rudolph Walsh is a wife, mother and superstar publisher who sits on the Board of Directors at famed talent agency WME. By day, she does all that and works with some of the most famous writers in the world—like Oprah Winfrey, Sue Monk Kidd, and Arianna Huffington—but in her spare time, she's building a pretty impressive side hustle called Together Live. She's passionate about helping women become architects of change in their own lives, and on this episode, she goes deep on how she found...more
Whitney Cummings joins Sophia to discuss her latest bookI'm Fine and Other Lies; a memoir about being diagnosed as co-dependent, . Along the way, she blends hilarious anecdotes with thought provoking commentary on feminism, sex and body dysmorphia.
A true fire-starter, Janet Mock uses her voice to dismantle stereotypes, push women to discover their power, and debunk assumptions about gender. Janet’s latest book, Surpassing Certainty: What My Twenties Taught Me, is an homage to her 20s. On this episode of Girlboss Radio, Sophia and Janet explore identity, culture, and the experience of growing up a trans woman of color. For every twenty-something who has ever felt like a tiny fish in a big pond, this one will feel powerful and personal.&nbs...more
Sophia is joined by millennial founder Sarah Kunst, to deep-dive into the world of a sports media and lifestyle CEO. Sarah gets candid about her time working in venture capital, her ideas about money and power, and the experiences that ultimately drove her to speak to the New York Times about being sexually harassed by an angel investor in Silicon Valley. Sarah offers thoughtful advice to founders, women raising funding for a business, and women who might be experiencing harassment themselves.
On this episode of Girlboss Radio, Sophia welcomes Kate Ryder, founder and CEO of Maven. Maven is working to turn healthcare on its head—redefining medical care for the digital age. Because women make approximately 80 percent of the health care decisions in their families. They take the lead role in choosing health plans, scheduling doctor’s appointments and making sure that their families are getting the care they need. And yet, they are underserved and often overlooked—especially in tele...more
Kindness counts in business—just ask Kelly Mullens Brown, a woman who’s involved in...pretty much everything at Ryan Seacrest Enterprises.On this episode, Mullens Brown gives us a look inside Ryan Seacrest's complex and rapidly growing portfolio of media, tech, and entertainment businesses. She also gets honest about her battle with cancer, why a tough childhood only made her stronger, and how women should support other women in the workplace.
Gwyneth Paltrow, founder and CEO of goop, joins Sophia for a candid conversation about the path that led her from acting to entrepreneurship and also addresses the controversy facing the brand that she built. Plus, a quick preview of what’s coming up on girlboss.com with Editorial Director Jerico Mandybur.
Sophia Amoruso’s Girlboss Radio is back with a vengeance. In the first new episode, you’ll get a quick preview of what’s on girlboss.com with editorial director Jerico Mandybur—plus, a conversation with one of the most prolific writers of our time, Roxane Gay. Covering everything from Gay’s latest work, Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, fatphobia, to writing and the meaning of “success,” get ready for a warm and stimulating conservation—the first of many.
Amel Monsur is the Executive Creative Director at VICE, the world's leading youth media brand and content creation studio. At VICE, Amel has led project and content development across i-D & Noisey, VICE's fashion cultural and music channels, as well a variety of branded campaigns that live off-channel. Amel's background is at the intersection of fashion, music and news, and she previously served as the Creative Director for Prince -- yes Prince! On the podcast, Amel discusses her early days ...more
This week, we have not one, but two guests on Girlboss Radio - Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg, the Co-founders of theSkimm! TheSkimm started a daily newsletter, giving its readers all the news and info to start the day. It's since grown into an 'audience company' that has a circulation of over 4 million active readers including fans such as Oprah and Hoda Kotb. Carly and Danielle met studying abroad together in college and several years later they both found themselves working at NBC News. Th...more
You many not know Tracey, but you definitely know her work. She’s colored the famous locks of Jennifer Lopez, Lily Aldridge, Khloe Kardashian, and our very own Sophia Amoruso. She got her start working for none other than Bette Midler who put her through beauty school! Afterwards Tracey quickly rose through the ranks at the best salons in LA - Art Luna, Sally Hershberger, Byron & Tracey among others. In 2012, she and stylist Neil Weisberg teamed up to combine the best of styling and coloring...more
From her early days bagging groceries, Alyssa Mastromonaco realized she had a gift for logistics. That gift led her all the way to the White House where she served as President Obama’s Deputy Chief of Staff. If you wanted to talk to President Obama, you had to go through Alyssa first. She left politics in 2014, and now works as the Chief Operating Officer of Vice Media. On this week’s episode, Sophia and Alyssa discuss Alyssa’s early days interning for Bernie Sanders, what good leadership means,...more
Alli Webb's career has had numerous incarnations. She’s worked in public relations and she’s been a professional hairstylist. But it wasn’t until 2008, when Alli really found her passion. She started a side business called Straight-at-Home, which provided in-home blowouts on a referral basis in LA. When her business and popularity quickly outgrew her one-woman show, she expanded and opened a brick and mortar called Drybar. Drybar is based on the simple concept of focusing on one thing and being ...more
Anne Fulenwider is a tour de force in the publishing world. After graduating from Harvard University, she moved to New York and learned the ins and outs of journalism under the tutelage of George Plimpton at The Paris Review. And she continued to work alongside the greats including Graydon Carter at Vanity Fair and Joanna Coles at Marie Claire. In 2011, Anne left Marie Claire to become the Editor-in-Chief of Brides where she completely rebranded the magazine to expand its reader base, but she co...more
Before Brit Morin could light that creative spark in all of us, she had to find that creativity within herself. After working for Google for four years, she left her stellar job working under Marissa Mayer to start her own company. But first, she decided to give herself a 6-month break. And those six months were, as Brit describes it, some of the most transformative months of her life. She enrolled in classes at a creative space for makers, and she abandoned the laptop screen for laser cutters, ...more
When Dr. Anne-Marie Slaughter was asked to serve as the first female Director of Policy Planning for the U.S. State Department, it was her dream come true. She left her tenured position at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and commuted weekly from Princeton to Washington D.C. to work under then Secretary of State and current presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. But between the grueling hours, a rigid work schedule, and raising two teenage sons back in New Jer...more
Journalist Jessica Bennett and her friends were all creatives striving for professional success in New York City. But some subtle (and not so subtle) bouts of sexism in the workplace were getting in the way of their hustle. So they sought refuge by creating a feminist fight club - a group of New York women in creative fields who meet once a month to share advice, vent, and support each other through their careers. Jessica’s penned her difficult workplace experiences, hilarious tips, and other us...more
Yesi Ortiz has been called 'The Voice of LA' and man, does she know how to use that voice. Her dream was to work at Los Angeles' Power 106 radio station, and after enrolling in broadcasting school, she worked at all costs to make her dream come true -- that meant commuting from Long Beach to Las Vegas, taking a radio job in Mexico, and fighting big egos along the way. In 2006, through sheer talent and drive, Yesi realized her goal, and she's now Power 106's midday host. But what makes Yesi even ...more
Musician Yuna was already an accomplished singer and songwriter in her home country of Malaysia when she moved to Los Angeles six years ago. She always had her sights set on making it in the music world in the United States, which meant having to restart her career from scratch. Yuna worked hard, stayed true to her values, and lived by her mantra 'undersell and overperform.' Now, she's selling out venues around the world and collaborating with greats like Pharrell and Usher. On the podcast, Soph...more
When Grace Bonney moved to Williamsburg in 2003, she noticed a DIY design culture in Brooklyn that wasn't being covered in design magazines. So she covered it herself with Design*Sponge, a blog which originally highlighted the creative design aesthetic we now know as Brooklyn chic. Since its founding in 2004, Design*Sponge has transformed into an expansive lifestyle website, which The New York Times called the “Martha Stewart Living for the Millennials.” On the podcast Sophia and ...more
Model and Transgender activist Geena Rocero understands the power of speaking your truth and taking control of your narrative. At 17 years old, Geena immigrated from the Philippines to the U.S. to pursue a modeling career. Over the next 12 years, she modeled for brands like Target, Rimmel, Cover Girl, Marriott Hotels and Macy’s, but she didn’t feel like the people around her knew her full story. So when Geena turned 30, she courageously ‘came out’ at her TED talk as trans to bring more visibilit...more
If life is all about the journey, then Melissa Biggs Bradley is doing things right. The founder and CEO of the boutique travel agency and website Indagare has traveled to over 100 countries, six continents, and can rattle off hotel recommendations at the drop of a hat. Prior to Indagare, Melissa worked at Town & Country magazine for 12 years and launched Town & Country Travel which was nominated for a National Magazine Award for General Excellence by the American Society of Magazine Edit...more
Hollywood glamour can seem unattainable, but Cassandra Grey puts that glitz within reach with Violet Grey. The luxury beauty company curates the top makeup products in one space. Every product on their website and in their gorgeous Melrose store is rigorously vetted by their prestigious Violet Code, a group of magazine editors, makeup artists and designers who rank their favorite brands. Sophia and Cassandra discuss Cassandra's hippie days in Asheville, North Carolina, the challenges of merging ...more
Money can be one of the hardest things to discuss with friends. That's exactly why Sophia talks to her good friend Alexi Wasser on this week's special episode of Girlboss Radio. The two of them tackle some of our biggest questions when it comes to finances. They go deep about finances when it comes to feminism and relationships, and they even open up about their own money struggles with each other. This episode of Girlboss Radio is in partnership with Prudential. Prudential solves investmen...more
Tyler Haney has always been #DoingThings. The founder and CEO of Outdoor Voices was always an athlete, but the neon, black, and mesh apparel on the market, along with its competitive mentality, stopped resonating with her. Tyler realized what inspired her to stay active was completely different; she enjoyed a balanced, fun, and freeing approach to exercise. So she created Outdoor Voices, an active lifestyle brand that believes in freeing fitness from performance, and embracing activity with ease...more
City living ain't cheap. Rent is high, happy hours add up, and many of us have tons of student loans. How can we even begin to save when we're already in so much debt? On this week's special episode of Girlboss Radio in partnership with Prudential, we brought in an expert who has lived twenty-something city struggles. Farnoosh Torabi is the host of the CNBC show Follow the Leader, her award-winning So Money podcast, and the Finance columnist for O Magazine. Sophia and Farnoosh talk about getting...more
Sometimes our careers take us places we never thought they could. That's certainly true for Roya Rastegar, who began her career on Wall Street and realized shortly after, she needed a radical change. She applied and was accepted into UC Santa Cruz's PhD program where she studied the history of consciousness under civil rights activist and famed academic Angela Davis. From there she used her studies to curate independent films and now works as the Director of Programming at the Los Angeles Film F...more
So many of us adopt our financial habits from our parents. Did they teach us how to save? Or are we saving because they didn't at all? And where are they now when it comes to retirement? Many baby boomers refuse to retire - either it's not an option or they can't see themselves leaving the workforce. We wanted to hear from someone who's on the other end of things -- who's lived a full life filled with financial ups and downs. Someone who can dispense wise words about saving and maybe how she'd d...more
A very dope queen joins us on this week's podcast: Jessica Williams. At 22 years old, Jessica became the youngest correspondent and first on The Daily Show, and her hilarious and insightful segments on gender and race made her a necessary voice on the show. Since leaving the The Daily Show earlier this summer, Jessica has been busy co-hosting her podcast 2 Dope Queens with Phoebe Robinson and creating her own sitcom for Comedy Central. On the episode, Sophia and Jes...more
Suzy Batiz is the queen of the crapper. Fed up with the lack of natural bathroom odor solutions, Suzy combined her knowledge of essential oils and entrepreneurial passion and formulated Poo~Pourri as the first natural, truly effective solution to a universal problem: poop happens, and it stinks! Since 2007, 17 million bottles of Poo-Pourri have sold and annual sales now top $30 million. On this week's episode, Suzy discusses how her childhood fostered a maker mentality, how she survived two bank...more
Sara Christensen has experienced all sides of the business world. In 2000, shepredicted the rise of the juice craze when she co-founded Liquiteria, the firstmicro pressed juicery in New York City. After starting a successful brandherself, Sara wanted to help others grow their businesses, so she became anangel investor and venture capitalist. Most recently Sara served as theManaging Director of The Raptor Group, where she invested in companies likeUber, Airbnb, Snapchat, Spotify and more. On this...more
At just 19-years old, Julie created Fuck Cancer with the goal of creating an organization to honor her mother’s legacy who lost her battle with ovarian cancer. Starting as a 350-person party in Montreal, Fuck Cancer events quickly tripled in size, eventually spiraling into numerous events across North America as outlet for young people to connect and unite in the fight against cancer. Now Fuck Cancer has evolved into a movement dedicated to the prevention, early detection and communication of ca...more
From her early days bagging groceries, Alyssa Mastromonaco realized she had a gift for logistics. That gift led her all the way to the White House where she served as President Obama’s Deputy Chief of Staff. If you wanted to talk to President Obama, you had to go through Alyssa first. She left politics in 2014, and now works as the Chief Operating Officer of Vice Media. On this week’s episode, Sophia and Alyssa discuss Alyssa’s early days interning for Bernie Sanders, what good leadership means,...more
At 19 years old, Claire Wineland is by far our youngest guest on Girlboss Radio, but she may be the wisest. Claire has been living with Cystic Fibrosis her entire life and is the founder of Claire's Place Foundation, which provides grants to families affected by CF, offering both emotional and financial support. Claire’s unique inspirational model for people living with this disease has led her to be a TEDx Speaker and receive multiple awards including FoxTeen Choice Awards 2015, Gloria Barron P...more
Payal Kadakia is an artist in the C-suite and on the dance floor. As the Co-Founder and CEO of ClassPass, the membership program for fitness classes across gyms and studios, Payal has raised $84 million in venture capital and expanded the app services to 34 cities in four countries. She's also a professional dancer and the founder of the classical Indian and folk dance group, Sa, which has performed in such renowned spaces as Lincoln Center, Alvin Ailey, and more. On this week's episode Sophia a...more
GloZell Green is a Youtube sensation who has well over 8 million subscribers across platforms and has reached up to 48 million views for a single video. She’s interviewed the likes of President Obama and Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton all while wearing her signature green lipstick. Her new book Is You Okay? traces her journey from pursuing theater in Florida to her first Youtube upload in 2008, and much more. On the podcast, Sophia and GloZell discuss GloZell's early days blogg...more
As Beyonce tells us, if life gives you lemons, make lemonade...or cupcakes. That's exactly what Melissa Ben-Ishay did when she was fired from her advertising job in 2008. She went home, baked 250 cupcakes, and began Baked by Melissa. Melissa's bite sized cupcake empire boasts 14 locations in the New York area and ships nationally. On the episode, Sophia and Melissa discuss the pros and cons of a family business, how Melissa grew her business out of her tiny Murray Hill apartment, and what 'Baked...more
Kathryn Minshew co-founded the wildly popular career development platform, The Muse. The website, which now garners six million users a month, is completely built from the user's perspective with behind-the-scenes looks at job opportunities, original career advice from experts, and access to career coaches to get personalized and private career help. Kathryn was named Forbes 30 Under 30 in 2011 and 2012. And she and her co-founders were on Inc. Magazine’s 2012 list of 15 Women to Watch in Tech. ...more
Emily Weiss is your go-to lady for all things beauty related. In 2010 she started Into the Gloss, a website dedicated to beauty that explores the routines of inspiring women. Emily and her editors sit on the bathroom floors of everyone from Jenna Lyons to the #Girlboss herself, Sophia Amoruso, to talk products, career, and what beauty means to women today. In 2014, Emily expanded her beauty business with Glossier, a modern beauty products brand made by editors who 'get' what works and are inspir...more
Whitney Wolfe always makes the first move in her life. The Founder and CEO of Bumble created a dating app that turns social norms on its head where the woman must initiate the conversation. If she doesn't send a message in the next 24 hours, the connection disappears forever. Whitney's also a co-Founder of Tinder and served as their Vice President of Marketing. She left the job after filing a heavily reported sexual harassment lawsuit against the company, which she’s since settled. On the episod...more
Rachel Shechtman comes from a long line of retailers in her family. But when she joined the family business, she did it her way with Story. Story is a retail space that has the point of view of a magazine, changes like a gallery, and sells things like a store. It's an incredibly inventive space that merges the worlds of commerce, content, and community. Rachel has been named Crain's NY 40 Under 40 List for 2015, Fortune's 40 Under 40 List for 2013, and on Fast Company's Most Creative People in B...more
Beth Comstock is literally reinventing the lightbulb. As the Vice Chair of General Electric, Beth runs everything from business innovation to lighting, sales, marketing and more at the 130 year old company. Previously Beth worked as GE’s Chief Marketing Officer and held positions at NBCUniversal as the President of Integrated Media. There she led the company’s digital efforts, namely co-founding Hulu.com. Beth’s been named one of the “World’s 100 Most Powerful Women” by Forbes and listed in Fort...more
For social entrepreneur Miki Agrawal, no business idea is taboo. She's capitalizing on everything that happens behind the bathroom door - starting with periods. As the Co-founder and CEO of THINX, Miki has developed and patented period-proof underwear that not only works, but is also fashionable. And for each pair of underwear purchased, the company will donate money toward the cost of one set of reusable pads for a Ugandan girl through Afripads. Miki's also launching ICON, underwear for women w...more
Whether its fashion or business, Jenne Lombardo knows what's in and out of style. As the Co-founder of MADE Fashion Week, Jenne turned the fashion industry on its head by forgoing the established designers at its shows and supporting upstart designers like Proenza Schouler, Alexander Wang, and Joseph Altuzzara. She's also the Founder and CEO of The Terminal Presents, which resuscitates brands like Keds, W Hotels, and Playboy to cater to a modern, millennial audience. On the podcast, Sophia and J...more
If there was ever a woman to make the world a better place, Ai-jen Poo seems to fit the bill. As the Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Ai-jen has worked tirelessly throughout her career on behalf of domestic workers in the U.S., informing them about their rights and providing them legal protections. In 2010 she helped pass the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, historic legislation that extended basic labor protections to over 200,000 domestic workers in New York state. Ai-jen wa...more
Jenn Hyman spotted a trend. She saw companies like Netflix and Spotify putting our music and movies in the cloud and realized our closets were next. So in 2009, she and co-founder Jennifer Fleiss founded Rent the Runway, an online service that provides designer dress and accessory rentals. The company now boasts well over five million subscribers, and Jenn has been named Fortune Magazine’s “Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs” and Fast Company’s “Most Influential Women in Technology.” On the episo...more
Alexa von Tobel is proud to say she's a business school drop-out. She left Harvard Business School to launch LearnVest - a financial planning advice website that helps you get smart with your money. And being a drop-out paid off. Since launching LearnVest in 2009, the company has raised well over $75 million and last year was acquired by Northwestern Mutual. On the episode, Sophia and Alexa discuss their similar career trajectories, starting LearnVest in sweatpants, and Alexa's awesome power bru...more
NASCAR Racer Julia Landauer literally lives life in the fast lane. At 14, she became the first and youngest female champion to win the legendary Skip Barber Racing Series. After graduating from Stanford University with a degree in Science, Technology and Society, Julia returned to the track for her first full season with NASCAR and was undoubtedly successful. She was the first woman to win a NASCAR track championship at the Motor Mile Speedway in Virginia. On the episode, Sophia and Julia talk S...more
Alexi Wasser is the ultimate multi-hyphenate. She's an actor, writer, comedian, and podcaster, but all of her work carries that distinct Alexi Wasser touch. It's funny, vulnerable, and brutally honest. Her blog, http://www.imboycrazy.com , is Alexi's raw take on sex, love and dating. Alexi's new podcast, Love Alexi, gets personal about all things relationships, life, and more with her guests. On #GirlbossRadio, Sophia and Alexi discuss hustling your brand, putting in 10,000 hours, and crashing W...more
Hannah Bronfman cannot be labeled. By day she runs her website HBFit.com, a health and beauty website, and by night, Hannah's a corporate DJ, playing at some of the chicest events in New York. Hannah's currently part of Adidas' new Sport 16 campaign, and she recently unveiled her new fashion and beauty web series, Hannahgram, with Popsugar. On the episode, Sophia and Hannah discuss Hannah's early dive bar DJ days at Bard College, creating a sticky brand like HBFit, and how to tighten and lift th...more
Sallie Krawcheck knows how to take the bull by the horns. After all, she worked on Wall Street for most of her career starting as a research analyst at Salomon Brothers. She eventually became the CEO of Smith Barney, Citi Bank Wealth Management, and Merrill Lynch Wealth Management. Over the course of her impressive career in the finance world, Sallie witnessed rampant sexism and an overall disregard of women's investing needs. Now as the co-Founder and CEO of Ellevest, a digital investment platf...more
Rachel Weiss is a trailblazer in the beauty world. As L’Oreal’s VP of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, she is responsible for all of L’Oreal USA’s digital marketing and innovation strategy. She singlehandedly put L'Oreal at the forefront of tech when she founded L'Oreal's Women in Digital program, which mentors women working in digital roles that address the needs of the beauty industry. On this week's episode, Sophia and Rachel discuss Rachel's childhood one-woman band, surviving the internet b...more
Christine Day is a perennial disrupter. Whether she's changing the way we work and consume coffee, as she did during her 20 year tenure at Starbucks, or making athletic wear beautiful and accessible for women at Lululemon, Christine understands where a market is underserved. Now she’s the CEO of Luvo, a company aiming to bring healthy and affordable foods to the frozen food aisle. On the episode, Sophia and Christine discuss Christine's first day at Starbucks, crying at the office, and working a...more
Petra Cortright is an artist for the digital age. She is renowned for her webcam self-portrait videos, which she uploads onto Youtube. Her work has gained serious recognition in the art world and has been featured in The New Museum, Rhizome, and the Venice Biennale. For the past two years Petra's collaborated with Stella McCartney on a series of video projects for her eponymous fashion line. On the podcast, Sophia and Petra discuss Petra's early competitive soccer days, collaborating with Stella...more
Amanda Bacon grabs headlines, not only for her one-of-a-kind juices, but also for the celebrity clients who love what she makes. The founder and owner of the Los Angeles-based juice bar, Moon Juice, Amanda sees juice not just as nourishment, but as a tonic for improved beauty, balance, and overall well-being. Amanda shares her unconventional story of rising to the top, beginning with a job that isn’t usually equated with CEOs.This episode of #GirlbossRadio is brought to you by Freshbooks. If you...more
Moj Mahdara is always on the forefront of all things digital. Her current project? Beautycon Media. Beautycon is the global community of content creators, celebrities, fans and brands that come together to celebrate all things fashion, beauty, and style of the Gen Z and Millennial lifestyle. Prior Beautycon, Moj started two other digital agencies, MMA and Made with Elastic. On this episode, Sophia and Moj discuss Moj's college radio station days, creating brilliant brand partnerships, and how to...more
Jessica Koslow has the food world talking. Her restaurant Sqirl's inventive take on breakfast and lunch has customers lining up for her signature rice bowls and jams. The New York Times food columnist Mark Bittman calls her dishes "downright revolutionary". But Jessica's career hasn't been a straight path to the kitchen. On this episode, Sophia and Jessica discuss Jessica's competitive ice skating days, sending a cold e-mail to #girlboss and chef Anne Quatrano, and the exciting future of Sqirl. ...more
Gregg Renfrew is a serial entrepreneur. She was the CEO of the Wedding List, an online bridal registry company, which she sold to Martha Stewart Omnimedia in 2001. She's also consulted high end brands like Bergdorf Goodman and Intermix. In 2013, she launched her latest company, Beautycounter, a cosmetics line that creates safe, healthy and fashion forward beauty products. On the podcast, Sophia and Gregg discuss Gregg's early days at Xerox, her unexpected foray into politics, and Beautycounter's...more
Christene Barberich is a media force. As the Co-Founder and Global Editor-in-Chief of Refinery29, Christene has grown the company from a niche website about New York boutique designers into a lifestyle brand that's expanding globally. Before founding at Refinery29, Christene held positions at The Daily, Gourmet Magazine, and The New Yorker. On this episode, Sophia and Christene discuss their parallel career trajectories, brand identity, and the late David Bowie. This episode is brought to you by...more
Courtney Love is outspoken, unapologetic, and fierce. Her band Hole was nominated for multiple Grammys and their albums Live Through This and Celebrity Skin went platinum. She's also a Golden Globe nominated actress. Courtney's iconic style has influenced the likes of Givenchy, Yves Saint Laurent, and now, Nasty Gal. The two discussed working with Andy Warhol, the price of fame, and their new Courtney Love x Nasty Gal collaboration. Today's show is brought to you by Club W. Don't ever come...more
On this festive mini episode of #GirlbossRadio Sophia and Liz talk about nose hair trimmers (among other things) and their #Girlbossmoment of the year!
Bethany Cosentino is the epitome of California cool. She's the front woman and songwriter for the hit band Best Coast, which released its acclaimed album California Nights in May. The band will be hitting the road with Wavves and Cherry Glazerr for their Summer is Forever II tour in February. On this episode, Sophia and Bethany discuss Bethany's karaoke days in Pasadena, touring with Best Coast, and Little Caesars' pizza ads.
Sarah Wilkinson is Nasty Gal's VP of Design. She grew up in the UK, went to art school, and worked at ASOS for six years as its Head of Womenswear Design. On the episode, Sophia and Sarah celebrate Sarah's three year anniversary at Nasty Gal, swoon over living in Florence, and discuss bobblehats -- lots and lots of bobble hats.
Sloane Crosley is a #Girlboss literary darling. She's the author of two personal essay collections, I Was Told There'd Be Cake and How Did You Get This Number. She’s written for The New York Times, New York Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal, and her work has been a finalist for the Thurber Prize of American Humor. She's recently released her first novel, The Clasp, a story about three friends and their madcap adventure to recover a lost, historic necklace.
Liz Goldwyn is a jack of all trades and a master of all them. Her career ranges from working at Planned Parenthood at age 13, contributing to The New York Times Magazine, and curating Sotheby's fashion department. She is out with her second book, Sporting Guide, which delves into the world of prostitution in 19th century Los Angeles. Sophia and Liz discuss her book, sexuality, buttermilk beauty routines and more.
Kay Cannon is one of the funniest women working in Hollywood today. As a staff writer for 30 Rock and the screenwriter for both Pitch Perfect and Pitch Perfect 2, Kay has made kept us laughing in the theaters and in our homes. Sophia and Kay discuss working as a lady in comedy, having Tina Fey as a mentor, and the glory days at Macaroni Grill.
This week, Sophia talks to a personal mentor: Sheree Waterson. Over the past 25 years, Sheree has conquered the retail world - starting as a holiday gift wrapper at Joseph Magnin Co. to rising to the CEO of Nasty Gal. Sheree talks candidly about her successes and challenges at Lululemon, shares her leadership tips, and gives us an inside look at scaling the magic of Nasty Gal.
Madeline Poole is a nail artist queen. She’s painted the famous nails of Miley Cyrus and Stella McCartney. Her tutorials have been featured on Vogue.com, TeenVogue.com, Refinery29, and IntoTheGloss. She’s the Global Color Ambassador for Sally Hansen, and she's the author ofNails, Nails, Nail!: 25 DIY Creative Nail Art Projects. This episode of #girlboss radio is sponsored by Audible.com. Get a free audiobook of your choice at Audible.com/GIRLBOSS
Grace Helbig is the digital #Girlboss of our dreams. Her hit Youtube channel It's Grace has over 2.5 million subscribers. She hosts the popular podcast Not Too Deep with Grace Helbig, and she's The New York Times bestselling author of Grace’s Guide: The Art of Pretending to Be a Grown-Up. Grace opens up about being a introvert on the web, her controversy with E!, and working as the CEO of her multifaceted brand.
For our first episode, Sophia talks to the ultimate #Girlboss: Charlize Theron. You might know Charlize as an Academy Award winning actress who dazzles us playing strong, complex women on screen. But she's a #Girlboss in every way off screen too. Theron is a U.N. Messenger of Peace, the founder of the Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project, and a mother of two. We talk to the actress about her career trajectory, the Hollywood gender pay gap, the importance of girlfriends in your life, and much ...more
On each episode, Nasty Gal founder and author of #Girlboss Sophia Amoruso interviews world-class girlbosses who have made their mark in creative, cultural, and business ventures to extract solid advice from the lessons they've learned along the way. Expect hilarious co-hosts and conversations you won't hear anywhere else. On this podcast Sophia hopes to humanize the known, champion the unknown, and, well, laugh a little about the absurdity that is life. Are you ready?