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What are the secrets behind some of the most successful women in the world? Each week designer Rebecca Minkoff talks to women from all walks of life, from CEOs to artists, and shows us what life is like without the pretty filters in order to help you navigate what it means to be vulnerable, how loss can make you stronger, and other ways to make your inner superwoman shine. Join us in being Superwomen, together! Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/superwomen/support
 
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This episode contains discussion of trauma, suicide and disordered eating. Raised within the confines of Haredi Judaism, Julia Haart was taught that the smaller you make yourself, the better you fulfill your role as a woman. Like many people brought up in extremely religious communities, barriers to the outside world made leaving seem nearly imposs…
 
As talk of sustainability comes more and more to the forefront in the fashion industry, most companies are proud to highlight their environmental awareness. However, Amanda Hearst remembers a time when luxury brands kept sustainable practices hush-hush for fear it would undermine their place in high fashion. The industry has become more transparent…
 
Peabody Award-winning journalist Isha Sesay didn’t set out to helm a media company, but her creativity, integrity and spirit of perseverance made her the perfect candidate for it. After working as an anchor and correspondent at CNN for thirteen years, personal matters and professional projects began to pull Isha in another direction. However, as a …
 
WTHN co-founders Michelle Larivee and Dr. Shari Auth had the same question: with the rise of wellness modalities worldwide, why had acupuncture remained on the fringes? With a background in finance and Chinese Medicine, respectively, acupuncture had a profound effect on the lives of both Michelle and Shari. They wanted to make it more approachable …
 
Warm cookies delivered straight to your door. Could there be a better business idea? Tiffany Chen’s boyfriend-turned business partner-turned husband didn’t think so. When they were in college he thought delivering her cookies to hungry fellow students would be a great way to make some extra money, and he was right on target. Given time to grow at t…
 
When Maggie Winter started working at J. Crew straight out of college, she received the best workplace education she could get simply by where her desk happened to be. In the open-plan office, she was seated near the CEO, and overheard tidbits about everything from sales to real estate as he held his weekly meetings. This information would come in …
 
After becoming wildly successful as a real estate broker in her early 20’s, Patrice Washington hit a low point. Not low like your car broke down and your SO dumped you, but a real rock bottom where her entire life was turned upside down for several years. And yet, despite losing nearly everything she held dear, Patrice’s faith in her ability to bou…
 
When you think of businesses that are recession-proof, a kids ear piercing chain might not come to mind. However, when Louisa Serene Schneider was working at a hedge fund for retailers, she was surprised to find that Claire’s, the ear-piercing wonderland, was valued at $3 billion. She was even more astounded to find that the people doing the buyout…
 
Tali Magal knew she wanted to have a life that centered around three things: travel, creativity, and to be able to use her love of the Italian language. When her peers pointed out that fashion would be the obvious choice, Tali dove in headfirst. But the world of fashion was just the starting point; Tali found that what she really enjoyed was the cr…
 
Makeup isn’t just about accentuating your cheekbones or plumping up your lip color. For Melissa Butler, former Wall Street worker-turned-beauty-entrepreneur, makeup is more about confidence than anything else. Even so, it took time to build the self-esteem and inner belief that has helped take The Lip Bar, and now, Thread Beauty, from her kitchen t…
 
Meg Epstein’s forte has always been her ability to dream big, and that’s a good thing considering that real estate development is a major undertaking. What started out as an interest in residential construction in her home state of California blew up as Meg started CA South, a real estate development and investment management firm based in Nashvill…
 
Like many businesses, Under Canvas began as a means to solve a pain point for its founder, Sarah Dusek. In this case it was the quest to find a compromise between her husband’s desire to rough it in the wilderness and Sarah’s preference for creature comforts. Entirely bootstrapped for the first eight years, Under Canvas’ elevated camping model surm…
 
Arian Simone has the kind of infectious, feel-good attitude that makes it impossible to stay in a funk. It’s almost necessary to have that sort of approach when you’re working to change the numbers in venture capital funding. Arian’s company, Fearless Fund, invests in businesses founded by women of color, a group that receives less than 1% (!!!) of…
 
In a culture where rushing is encouraged and fast turnarounds are rewarded, it is a radical act to take the time to create something of quality. Not only that, but as April Gargiulo of Vintner’s Daughter points out, committing time and diligent craftsmanship to a product is one of the ultimate marks of true luxury. The daughter of winemakers, April…
 
If you’ve ever been one of the few people not drinking at a party, you know how awkward it can be, not to mention the fact that soda or water aren’t the most exciting drink alternatives. When Melanie Masarin decided that all-day brain fog wasn’t worth the glass of wine or two from the night before, she was struck with the realization that there is …
 
When Sarah Davis received a Rebecca Minkoff bag as a gift from her sister-in-law many moons ago, she didn’t realize that she would one day be a guest on Superwomen! The talented founder of luxury “recommerce” site Fashionphile is a born entrepreneur, even if she didn’t know to call herself that at the time. Sarah worked for the forest service and w…
 
She is probably one of the most famous people whose face you might never recognize. Nancy Cartwright’s fantastically versatile voiceover has graced television in the U.S. and the world over for 42 years, and while she is likely best known as the voice of Bart Simpson, she has played a plethora of other memorable characters, in addition to her creat…
 
You may have heard of their popular self-tanner, but chances are you don’t know the story behind fast-growing natural skincare line Beauty by Earth. When Prudence Millsap noted a particular void in the area of truly clean cosmetics and self care items, she began googling her way into natural makeup and skincare product development. Though it took t…
 
If you’re the type to put on the kettle, don your coziest socks and relax with some great home and food inspiration, then you’ve probably already heard of today’s guests. Amanda Hesser and Sara Fritsch, CEO of Food52 and president of Schoolhouse, respectively, are here to discuss their iconic brands that have recently joined forces in a homebody’s …
 
While her peers gleefully began drinking and experimenting with drug use, Amanda Chantal Bacon spent her late teens and early twenties supporting her body in detoxification. After a childhood and adolescence filled with a myriad of prescriptions that left her feeling more unlike herself than ever, Amanda used her newfound autonomy to take baby step…
 
Duchess of Decorum Pattie Ehsaei holds many esteemed positions as a lawyer, financial advisor, workplace and social decorum expert, as well as being a TikTok star. While she has made a name for herself guiding others around social and work-related pitfalls, these lessons were hard won. When Pattie arrived in the U.S., she knew little of the culture…
 
When Mary Lawless Lee started her now-famous blog, Happily Grey, she did it as a way to nurture her creativity on days off from working as a nurse. As the name implies, this entrepreneur and mother of two has always sought solace in the places between two extremes, preferring to express her own unique vision rather than abiding by proscribed ways o…
 
Happy International Women’s Day! In the spirit of celebrating ourselves, today we have Tata Harper of Tata Harper Skincare, a truly clean, green luxury beauty company. Growing up in Colombia, Tata remembers watching the women in her family mark their daily skincare routine as a ritual to revel in rather than a chore. When she began to look for non-…
 
Does the topic of money make you cringe? Twitch? Silently dissolve into your surroundings until the fear of danger passes? If so, this episode is here to make things a little less scary and a little more approachable. News anchor, speaker and #1 New York Times bestselling author/book writing addict Nicole Lapin was tired of talking IRAs and hedge f…
 
You may know her from Bling Empire in your Netflix queue, but Kelly Mi Li is anything but a flash-in-the-pan reality star. Her intelligence, drive and grounded approach have made her a wildly successful entrepreneur, most notably as a film and television producer, which predated her foray on camera. Kelly’s love of storytelling has led her to produ…
 
If there’s one thing you can say about Amy Peterson, it’s that she has never shied away from a challenge. Amy sent resumé after resumé trying to get her foot in the door with a professional baseball team in the hopes of one day becoming the first female general manager of a major league team. However, while working with the Detroit Tigers, she beca…
 
When sisters Tonya Thompson and Sharie Wilson began offering hair services at a young age, they didn’t necessarily think it would become a future career. However, a path that led to college, business and sales ended up full circle as the two launched a business in hair extensions that then morphed into products aimed at helping Black women grow hea…
 
Maria Sharapova was born in Siberia, raised in Sochi and then, at age 6, moved to the U.S., and she hasn’t really stopped moving since. The tennis sensation who won Wimbledon at 17 and 5 Grand Slam titles in the years since has honed a level of focus so intense that at times she seems more like a Buddhist monk than a star athlete. This stoic concen…
 
She’s self-described as “messy” and can play the piano by ear – as long as it’s in the key of C. No, we’re not talking about Katy Perry – Katie Couric is here, she’s caffeinated, and she’s ready to sing for you! A household name for decades, it only makes sense that after years in broadcast news, Katie has finally taken the entrepreneurial plunge a…
 
Pregnancy can be overwhelming, especially the first time around. Your body is changing, hormones are shifting, and you just want to know which nail polish won’t be harmful to your baby. CEO Ericka Perry found herself in a pickle when her best friend needed help finding pregnancy and beauty products, but there was not one place where she could simpl…
 
Though she is widely known for dressing celebrities on the red carpet, Ali Levine is more of an entrepreneur in stylist’s clothing. This mother of two has worked in nearly every niche of the fashion industry, including corporate design at Coach and Fendi, working as an executive at Target, costume design for film, and, of course, celebrity styling.…
 
Ellen Bennett didn’t quite know what she was going to do when she landed in Mexico at age 18, ready to explore her cultural heritage and embark on a voyage of self-discovery. Tirelessly working odd jobs, including announcing the winning lottery tickets on TV, a stay of two months quickly became four years, and she was ready for the next adventure. …
 
In this special encore episode, you'll hear a previously released conversation Rebecca had with her mom, Sue Minkoff, to talk about everything from raising a strong daughter to how she used her voice to stand up for others in the workplace. Sue also reflects on how she's been able to stay married for 50 years and how important intimacy is in a rela…
 
There was a time when the concept of the Dollar Shave Club was revolutionary. Amy Errett, however, was unimpressed. Even then, the founder and investor of multiple companies had that entrepreneurial hunch that there was an even better way to do things. With unrivaled patience, she spent what most founders would find an excruciating amount of time i…
 
When Tiffany Dufu says “I am the cumulative investment of a lot of women who have poured themselves into me,” she’s not just speaking of her own accomplishments. She’s paying it forward in droves. Her passion for helping women and girls extends from her role as a board member of Girls Who Code, to the authoring of inspirational memoir Drop the Ball…
 
What is Betches, you ask? Actually, you probably don’t have to, and the more important question is what isn’t Betches involved in? What started as a satirical blog between lifelong friends is now a 12 brand, multiplatform media company that spans content across 10 podcasts, multiple best-selling books and popular merchandise, all at the tips of 105…
 
Growing up spending time in her mom’s salon in Harlem, Diarrha N’Diaye learned a lot. From her mother’s business, started after her parents immigrated from Senegal with little knowledge of English, Diarrha learned about hard work and the entrepreneurial spirit. But what made a lasting impression was the atmosphere her mother cultivated: one of welc…
 
Lindsay Albanese will be the first to admit that she is easily bored. She is also very open about the fact that she was never a great student. That hasn’t stopped her, however, from being a self-proclaimed “hard-ass worker.” When design school wasn’t what she hoped for, Lindsay set her sights on styling – an industry that, to this day, requires a l…
 
There is a message perpetuated over and again that sacrifice is synonymous with being a good mother. While there is inherently a degree of surrender that accompanies parenthood, it’s also impossible to nurture our children if we constantly neglect to nurture ourselves. Heather Chauvin understands firsthand how the intersection of parenting and hust…
 
Ever since she spent afternoons watching TRL and Oprah, Marianna Hewitt knew she wanted to be in entertainment. After various stints studying broadcast journalism, public relations, and hosting, a mix of timing and skill poised Marianna to become one of the first big influencers, first on YouTube and then through Instagram. Marianna’s understanding…
 
Dr. Casey Means started off as a surgeon with a focus on the ear, nose and throat. After spending some time in the field, however, a pattern emerged. Dr. Means came to realize that many conditions treated with drugs or surgery were not eradicating the root cause of disease, which could in fact be managed by a change in diet and lifestyle. Data show…
 
It’s hard to imagine Norma Kamali as anything other that the iconic, successful designer she has built herself to be over the last 50+ years. Her avant garde designs have graced the likes of Farrah Fawcett and Whitney Houston, and decades of creative looks have earned her a CFDA Lifetime Achievement Award. There was a time, however, when Norma was …
 
As a young professional working in politics, media booking and corporate communications, Lauren Wesley Wilson was dismayed to see a glaring lack of people of color in leadership roles. What started as a series of luncheons to bring together women of color in communications planted the seed for what would become ColorComm, Inc., the umbrella company…
 
When Courtney Rich was leafing through Bon Appétit magazine, looking for a cake to make for her son’s first birthday, she didn’t realize that an afternoon spent in the kitchen would open the door to a whole new world. That first cake may not have been perfect, but the excitement that Courtney felt at trying something new, and the subsequent experim…
 
Between Instagram models and ads for juice cleanses, the word “authenticity” is thrown around so much these days it’s practically lost all meaning. Enter Jessica Zweig, personal branding expert and CEO of SimplyBe. Agency, rooting down in the essence of true authenticity and teaching others to do the same, not only for brand success but, more impor…
 
This episode is sponsored by Medela. From the boardroom to the living room, Medela has your pumping needs fashionably covered with the new, limited edition Rebecca Minkoff x Medela Pump & Baby Bag that works with all Medela pumps. The classic, versatile design will make this bag a staple well beyond baby’s breastfeeding years! We’ve got to get wome…
 
Rachel Rodgers knew she wanted to be a lawyer from a young age. However, when a less than positive experience in a white, male-dominated law school led her to start her own firm after graduation, she had no idea that it would be her entrepreneurial skills that would take center stage. When her largely female clientele started asking more about busi…
 
Daniella Pierson is an inspiration, but the 25-year-old founder and CEO of one of the fastest growing media platforms did not always feel like the confident boss she is today. Possibly the next (better) Zuckerberg, Daniella founded The Newsette while still in college at Boston University. She’ll be the first to tell you that she didn’t necessarily …
 
If years in investment banking taught Cate Luzio anything, it’s that big risks equal big rewards. Cate entered the world of finance without any formal training in the subject, and rose to lead thousands of employees in multibillion dollar ventures worldwide. Despite a fantastically successful career, Cate couldn’t picture herself in finance for the…
 
To celebrate the launch of Rebecca's new book, Fearless: The New Rules for Unlocking Creativity, Courage, and Success, we're sharing a series of talks from a recent event! In this episode, the one and only, Jessica Alba, chats with Rebecca Minkoff about how she stays creative and continues to move the needle in every industry she touches. Order you…
 
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