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The Real Female Entrepreneur

The Real Female Entrepreneur podcast is a 3x weekly dose of truth and inspiration for female entrepreneurs and women chasing their creative dreams. Lauren sits down with kickass women every week for real, raw, soulful conversations about the hard parts of both business and life. If you're looking for soulful conversations to inspire you throughout your week, you're in the right place. Get cozy. Grab your headphones. And stay awhile. New episodes every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday!
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Jun 29, 2017

EPISODE SNEAK PEEK:

"Why do you have to have an addiction to have a support group? Isn't being a girl hard enough today?"

with Alexis Jones

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

I first found Alexis and I AM THAT GIRL my sophomore year of college when I was drowning in the weight of life that feels unbearably heavy when you're 19 years old. And I've been in awe of her ever since. So, having this conversation with her was a bit of a dream come true. I think 19-year-old would freak if she knew this was real life!

While Alexis' entrepreneurial journey began her sophomore year of college with I AM THAT GIRL, it didn't stop there. She recently launched ProtectHer and is revolutionizing sexual assault prevention by going into college locker rooms. We talk more about both of those in our conversation and the how-she-got-started-doing-these-things parts of her story.

It's one hell of a conversation and Alexis is one hell of a human. 

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WHO IS ALEXIS JONES?

Alexis Jones founded the 501c3 nonprofit I AM THAT GIRL, which currently has 1M+ girls involved and chapters in over 20 countries. She is an internationally recognized author, activist, speaker, media personality. Alexis hosted a TV show on the red carpet and several shows on CBS, ESPN, Fox Sports, MTV and TLC. She also hosted and organized TEDxAustinWomen, executive produced the film, A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story and won nine out of nine film festivals.

Alexis recently founded ProtectHer, a locker room program educating male athletes on the importance of respecting women. She was featured as one of AOL’s MAKERS along with Oprah, Ellen, Hilary Clinton and Sheryl Sandberg.

She was listed as one of Oprah’s #SuperSoul100, Cultivate & Creates’ Top 100, DELL’s #Inspire100, Fast Company’s “Female Trailblazers,” ESPN’s “Pop Culture’s Top Ten,” and named one of the five most influential women in Austin as a Profiles in Power winner. Alexis has spoken at The White House, Harvard, Stanford, The United Nations, Nike, DELL, Pepsi and The Girl Scouts.

MORE OF ALEXIS

www.iamthatgirl.com

I AM THAT GIRL on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter

www.protecther.com

Alexis Jones on Instagram

www.alexisjones.com

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Jun 28, 2017

EPISODE SNEAK PEEK:

“I think sometimes when you can’t see the beauty in yourself, it’s a lot easier to just start appreciating beauty around you.”

with Bethany Morris

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

In this episode, I sat down with Bethany Morris, the founder of The Free Woman, to talk about the importance of speaking beauty out loud. In life. In work. In everything.

Bethany shares about why this was so important for her over the past year as she found herself again and went through some really tough, dark, but transformative month. It's a deep, soulful conversation and Bethany's voice and Australian accent emanate so much beauty, and so does the conversation.

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WHO IS BETHANY MORRIS?

Bethany is the Founder of The Free Woman and is often seen with her iPhone and latte in hand. he's a writer, known for her signature giggle, and s all about living honestly. Celebrating and empowering feminine hearts to lead lives of beauty, goodness and justice in every area of influence is what her heart beats for. If you're ever in Melbourne, Australia, she'd love to have a coffee with you.

MORE OF BETHANY

www.thefreewoman.com

The Free Woman on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter

Bethany on Instagram

Jun 27, 2017

EPISODE SNEAK PEEK:

"So, I will start by telling you that The Grit and Glitter Podcast is no longer going to be. In August, I'm going to be revealing..."

with Lauren Frontiera

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

It's finallyyyy here!

In this episode, I'm revealing everything that I've been working on for the past few weeks!! The new name of the podcast. And the other really exciting thing that really was the catalyst for all of these changes.

But before sharing all of that, I want to share with you how Grit and Glitter and has evolved since the very beginning, which was actually 2.5 years ago.

So, let's go back in time a little and then have a party. Because I'm so wildly, insanely excited about what's coming next!

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  • "Wild" by Cheryl Strayed (psst.. this is an affiliate link, so if you purchase the book or other things using this link, I may get some cash money! thank you!)
Jun 22, 2017

EPISODE SNEAK PEEK:

”Well, let me explain why I have a full-time job, because I think that this is a reality that many women don’t know, and is important for some to hear. Belong isn’t my full-time gig because it doesn’t pay enough to pay the bills. And it may look different from the outside…”

with Tiffany Han

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

In this episode, I sat down with Tiffany Han, writer, speaker, teacher, host of the Raise Your Hand Say Yes podcast, and downright badass human being.

I've been listening to Tiffany's podcast since before launching my own. And I absolutely adore her. There's so much to love about Tiffany, but what I love most is that she's constantly challenging herself to be her best self. And it's a constant journey, for anyone. But Tiffany really embodies that journey on a very public platform and it's really obvious throughout the entirety of her story, which you'll hear all about in this episode.

We talk about Tiffany's life and career pre-Tiffany Han coaching and Raise Your Hand Say Yes - closing her first business, which was never profitable, taking her coaching business full-time while also pregnant with twins, her public commitment to get 100 rejection letters, which led to so much more really good stuff, and #allthethings.

Ready to do the damn thing? This episode is your golden nugget of inspiration!

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WHO IS TIFFANY HAN?

Hand raiser and yes sayer, Tiffany Han is a writer, speaker, and teacher who helps highly-creative women take bold, inspired action towards the businesses (and lives!) they've been dreaming of. She's the host of the Raise Your Hand Say Yes and How to be Remarkablepodcasts and considers herself the love child of Terry Gross and Don Draper. In addition to all that podcasting, she crafts programs and resources that help female entrepreneurs not only be more successful in their creative business but also as much fun as possible. In her spare time (ha!), she starts as many dance parties as she can with her husband and twin daughters. They live in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her favorite place to hang out online is instagram: @thetiffanyhan

MORE OF TIFFANY

Tiffany's old bog, Live Happy 

100 Rejection Letters

Raise Your Hand, Say Yes Podcast

Brand Crush

How to Be Remarkable Podcast

100 Days of Going Light

Tiffany talking about why she stopped drinking

www.tiffanyhan.com

Tiffany on Instagram and Twitter

Brand Crush on Instagram

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Jun 21, 2017

EPISODE SNEAK PEEK:

"Stop asking yourself if you are worth it, because sister, you are worth it! You're worth that and a lot more. Your worth is not tied up in what you offer your course at."

with Kinsey Roberts

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

In this episode, I sat down with Kinsey Roberts, the host and creator of the She Creates Business podcast, to talk all about money. Benjamins. Cheddar. Dough. Moola. Stacks. You know, that paper stuff that allows us to buy things and pay rent or the mortgage. But it's about a lot more than that and it can be such a hard (sensitive) topic.

Kinsey and I talk about everything from value and worth to personal debt to money as a parent. The conversation starts out more about personal finance, and then, we get into more business + money topics ... like the struggle with placing a dollar amount on your time. And how we base our worth as a human being in our salary. And I share about my own struggles with this. And Kinsey shares this new perspective - a way to reframe this - that is absolutely brilliant. And I personally think that every business owner needs to listen to this. So, go listen.

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WHO IS KINSEY ROBERTS?

Kinsey Roberts is the host of She Creates Business, a Podcast for Wedding Pros and the upcoming, Published by Creatives. She’s obsessed with all things podcasting and frequently writes about the topic at kinseyroberts.com where she supports other creative women in starting their own shows via her course, Podcasting for Creatives.

When she’s not behind the mic, you’ll find Kinsey running Vista View Events, the wedding venue she co-owns with her sister-in-law, or playing with her cute family on their Colorado ranch. She’ll likely have coffee or a book close by.

MORE OF KINSEY

www.shecreatesbusinesspodcast.com

Kinsey on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter

Jun 20, 2017

EPISODE SNEAK PEEK:

"I was the worst boss ever because I had zero grace for myself, zero love, zero empathy. I just didn't care."

with Lauren Frontiera

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

I'm talking about self-imposed deadlines. And the problem with them. Or, well, it's not necessarily that there's a problem with self-imposed deadlines, but it's more about learning how to be flexible with them. Because setting deadlines for ourselves is hella freaking important when you're your own boss.

Ain't nobody else going to tell you to make sure that project is submitted on time. Buuuut, as your own boss, there has to be this level of flexibility - and you have to be willing to change those deadlines when they're no longer serving you.

I've thought about this a lot. And it came up for me again recently with all of these really big changes happening with work and life. So, it felt like the right time to sit down and talk about it...

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"Careergasm" by Sarah Vermunt

Jun 15, 2017

EPISODE SNEAK PEEK:

"I went to pawn shops to sell my gold jewelry in order to fund my first website. And I didn't tell that story for years, because I thought that made me look so desperate. But now I'm like, well damn, I was desperate!"

with Jessica Honegger

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

In this episode, I sat down with Jessica Honegger, the founder and co-CEO of Noonday Collection. If you haven't heard of Noonday before, they design and sell jewelry and accessories made by artisans around the world. And by doing so, they're making a difference in some of the world's most vulnerable communities.

They're changing the world! And six years into building this business, things are going really well. Jessica and her co-CEO just won an Entrepreneur of the Year award from Ernst and Young.

But things haven't always been this way. At all. For a long time. And I love this conversation so much, because Jessica is super transparent about that. From not paying herself a salary for 3 years to pawning her gold jewelry in order to have enough cash to build her first website (she also shares why she didn't tell this part of her business story for years), she shares about so much.

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WHO IS JESSICA HONEGGER?

Jessica Honegger is the Founder and Co-CEO of Noonday Collection, a business that uses fashion to create meaningful opportunities around the world. Noonday Collection creates economic opportunity for artisans in the developing world by connecting them to a growing marketplace in the United States.

In 2015, Inc Magazine named Noonday Collection as the third fastest growing privately held company owned by a woman in the nation. Jessica has been featured in numerous publications, including Better Homes and Gardens, and she has been nominated twice for Austin Under 40 in Entrepreneurship. She has also been a finalist for the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year two times, and was the featured cover story of Austin Woman. 

Jessica founded Noonday Collection in 2010 with the dream of using entrepreneurship to alleviate poverty in vulnerable communities. Shortly after, she launched the Ambassador Opportunity, which gives women the opportunity to become stylists, storytellers, and social entrepreneurs who sell Noonday products at Trunk Shows across the U.S. In just six years, Noonday has become one of the largest fair trade retailers in the world. The company partners with 30 artisan businesses in 13 countries, creating meaningful opportunities for thousands of artisans. Plus, almost 2,000 women have joined Honegger’s vision by becoming Noonday Collection Ambassadors.

Jessica can be found in Haiti or Ethiopia on even given day of the month, but her favorite spot to be found is swinging on the porch with her three kids and husband in their artist centric neighborhood of Austin’s east side. She will happily tell you where to get the best tacos, margaritas, and massages in town.  And she is always, always, planning her next adventure, preferably one where she brings her family along with her. Next on the horizon: Uganda and Italy.

MORE OF JESSICA

Jessica on Instagram

Noonday Collection on Instagram and Facebook

www.noondaycollection.com

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Jun 14, 2017

EPISODE SNEAK PEEK:

"I get tired of feeling like, 'OK, it's another rosey day!' Life's hard. It's messy."

with Katie Crocombe

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

This isn't your average chat about social media. So, go ahead and click play. You're going to want to listen to this one.

In this episode, I sat down with Katie Crocombe, a professional life coach, to talk about this love/hate relationship with social media we all have. It's a fascinating conversation (seriously!) and we chat about everything from how time on social media affects our families (and our kids), why we craveee social media, why numbers really don't matter, healthy boundaries, and more.

Just click play. And then pour yourself a glass of something good, grab a book, and turn off Instagram for an hour damnit! I promise you'll feel so much better!

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WHO IS KATIE CROCOMBE?

Katie Crocombe, is a professional life coach, who was trained through PCCI, and is the founder of Flourish + Co. She is passionate about encouraging giftedness in women and partnering with them to design an intentional life through speaking, coaching and leading workshops.

She’s shared her story of overcoming and her passions while leading Women’s Retreats, speaking at various Mom’s events and conferences, including MOPS, as well as at Creative Industry Meet-ups, such as RTS’ Tuesday’s Together. Katie and her husband, Matt, live in Atlanta, with their 2 daughters, Bella (9) and Ava (7).

MORE OF KATIE

Katie on Instagram and Facebook

www.flourishandco.com

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Jun 13, 2017

EPISODE SNEAK PEEK:

"As hard as it is, we can do this. And we owe it to ourselves to invest in ourselves because we're worth it."

with Lauren Frontiera

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

If you listened to episode 108, you heard that there's some big changes coming to the podcast soon. And with those changes, I'm getting ready to invest more in myself and this business than ever before.

This isn't a case of mo' money, mo' problems. It's more like mo' money, mo' doubt. There's this added layer of pressure for me to perform knowing that I'm spending this much money up-front before the new brand even launches. So, in this episode, I'm sharing with you what exactly I'm investing in for the new brand and why and the pressure I'm feeling because of that.

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Jun 8, 2017

EPISODE SNEAK PEEK:

"I still have really no idea how to run a magazine. You know, two years later, I'm still figuring it out."

with Sarah Hartley

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

Starting a magazine was always a dream on her bucket list. Until she really did it.

In this episode, I sat down with Sarah Hartley, creator and Editor-In-Chief of Holl and Lane Magazine, to hear her journey of taking this bucket list dream and making it a reality. Spoiler alert: making your dream a reality is hard and exhausting and not at all the glamorous Hollywood-esque journey you'd imagine.

Sarah is abso-freaking-lutely amazing and shares it all - from burnout to not being able to pay her team to big mistakes that resulted in her customers getting charged twice.

Whether you're in the weeds of growing your business or are just dreaming about one day turning your bucket list dream into a business-reality ... this. episode. is. amazing. Do yourself a huge favor, grab something good to drink, and listen.

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WHO IS SARAH HARTLEY?

Sarah Hartley is the creator and editor in chief of Holl & Lane Magazine, a magazine dedicated to showcasing real life from real women. Searching for a magazine that featured honest life in a beautiful way, that would give women a voice and a platform, Sarah set out to create that magazine. She publishes stories on infertility, miscarriage, mental health, body image, self-care, love and loss, and so much more. She wants to show women that they are not alone.

She is also a wife to Brandon, a mom to Henry, and lives near Pittsburgh, PA where she works as a marketing coordinator. In her (minimal) spare time, she loves to read, have dance parties with her son, and enjoy a beer with her husband at the end of a long week. 

MORE OF SARAH

www.hollandlanemag.com

Holl and Lane on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest

Sarah's post in their Editors Corner: "Let's Talk Money"

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Jun 7, 2017

EPISODE SNEAK PEEK:

"Because I have a full-time job, it's almost like my secret life - it's what I do on the side."

with Malisa Lieser

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

There are so many fears when you're just starting out. The fear of what everyone is going to think. The fear of wondering whether or not you can actually turn this passion project into a business. The fear of not feeling like a "business owner".

Real life entrepreneur struggles. Am I right?

In this episode, I sat down with Malisa Lieser, full-time corporate marketer by day, passion-project turned business owner by night. And we talk about all of those big fears and doubts that Malisa is facing as she's just starting out.

If you're just starting out, put down whatever it is that you're doing and listen to this episode right now. Because #metoo.

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WHO IS MALISA LIESER?

Malisa Lieser is a multi-passionate working mom of two young children. By day, she works in B2B marketing to pay the bills, but her heart is in helping busy families make dinners stress-free through real food meal planning consulting. She lives her hippie life by making her own personal care items, brewing kombucha, and cloth diapering her babies.

MORE OF MALISA

www.malisalieserplanning.com

Malisa on Instagram

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  • "You Are a Badass" by Jen Sincero (psst.. this is an affiliate link, so if you purchase the book or other things using this link, I may get some cash money! thank you!)
Jun 6, 2017

EPISODE SNEAK PEEK:

"Sometimes you have to stop what you're doing to figure out what you should be doing."

with Lauren Frontiera

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

You may be wondering "what do you mean 'What's Next', Lauren?"

And in that case, I'd say, boo, you need to listen to this episode.

You should also listen to this episode if you're where I was last week ... knowing there's a better way, something more, or something greater, but not knowing how to get there.

I put aside my to do list last week to figure it all out. Oh, and I refunded my only paying podcast advertiser even though I had no clue what's next. No, I haven't lost my mind. And yes, once you listen, you'll get to hear all of the details ... including big changes coming to the podcast soon!

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Jun 1, 2017

EPISODE SNEAK PEEK:

"I didn't have a big epiphany by any means. I just had a moment of realization that I was very unhappy with my life, and if I didn't make a change that this was going to be the rest of my life."

with Janet Gwen

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

There's never an excuse for not knowing how to do something. After hearing this story, I felt so invigorated with that truth! From coding a website to upholstering a chair - not two things I care to learn how to do, but really, there's a lot I could learn that I just haven't tried to (yet)!

In this episode, I sat down with Janet Gwen, the founder and creative director of Janet Gwen Designs, to hear about how she went from dropping out of college to working 3 different retail jobs to building her empire - and teaching herself everything along the way (thanks Google).

Janet is this bright bubbly ray of energy and I loved this conversation so much. She shares everything - from starting her business 3 different times before it finally stuck to how she creates her hand-painted cases.

Oh, and how the inspiration for her business began in the art room of her high school. You never know where inspiration will strike!

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WHO IS JANET GWEN?

Hello! I’m Janet. I’m the founder and creative director of Janet Gwen Designs. It’s a creative studio known for our gold and marble cases and hand painted phone cases (YES! HAND PAINTED!).

JGD's mission is to encourage and highlight unfiltered creativity by challenging the social standards of art. We strive to make a statement by using bold colors and textures on traditional and non traditional surfaces. We create one-of-a kind pieces of art for those customers who appreciate the little details it takes to pull it all together. We make your hustle beautiful, one art-infused piece at the time.

We want to start conversations, create real-life connections, and inspire you in your wildest dreams. We are here to cheer you on every step because we know you got this!

  Then...

Janet's very first phone case! She made this in her high school art class.

Now!

One of Janet's most recent phone case designs.

  MORE OF JANET

www.JanetGwenDesigns.com

Janet on Instagram

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