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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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Aug 31, 2017

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”I absolutely 1000% believe in our product but sometimes when people start asking you so many of these questions, it starts to make you doubt what you know to be true.”

with Alexa Jones

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A college assignment to create a better treatment for jaundice for developing countries led this female entrepreneur into a business venture she never imagined.

Alexa Jones, the co-founder and CEO of TheraB Medical, is sharing story in this episode. It all began with an engineering camp in high school. And now she’s pitching investors, working towards FDA approval, and knee-deep in the weeds of the emotional rollercoaster that is #startuplife. But let’s take it back to the beginning...

Growing up as a girl, engineering isn’t one of the main career paths you’re often told about. And as a female CEO in the startup tech world, Alexa doesn’t often find herself across the table pitching female investors. There’s a lot of challenges. And we haven’t even mentioned that as a medical startup, TheraB hasn’t sold one product yet. They can’t. Until they get FDA approval. But that kind of approval is hard and expensive to get. Insert investors. Except investors want to invest in businesses with a proven track record of sales.

This is one hell of an inspirational convo for every one of you female entrepreneurs.

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Alexa Jones is the co-founder and CEO of TheraB Medical, a medical device startup founded at Michigan State University in 2014. She is a graduate of MSU with a degree in Biosystems Engineering.  During her senior year at MSU, an engineering design project led to the inception of TheraB, where she and TWO other students invented “Snuglit”, a wearable treatment for infant jaundice.

After graduation, Alexa moved to Salt Lake City, UT, and spent nearly 2 years as an analyst at Goldman Sachs & Co. In late 2015, she realized her passion for entrepreneurship and growing her company and moved back to Lansing, MI, where she now works full time as CEO of TheraB. In her free time, she loves travel, photography, and spending time with family and her black lab, Harvey. 

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Aug 30, 2017
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”A lot of people nowadays are looking for a place where they can just show up as themselves.”

with Molly Ho

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Molly Ho, the founder of Wholehearted Woman, wanted to create a space online that featured real stories by everyday woman. And in this episode, that’s exactly what we talk about - our stories. How they help us create community, why it’s so difficult to share the hardest parts of them, and how it feels for Molly, as an introvert, to share her story out loud, on the spot. There’s no right or wrong way to share your story. And as business owners, it can feel even more complicated trying to figure out how to weave your uber personal story into your business. But as we’re learning as we watch more and more female entrepreneurs stand up and own their stories out loud, even though it feels hella raw and vulnerable, sharing your story creates the opportunity for you to build connections and bridge gaps with your audience.

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Molly is a 24-year-old blogger sharing her stories and experiences over at Wholehearted Woman, about living, struggle, fear, courage, showing up, unconditional love, mental health, community, personal growth, mindset, and more. And she’s also probably eaten over 100 slices of pizza this year. So, there’s that. ;)

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Aug 29, 2017
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”If we are ever going to grow successful businesses and be awesome bosses to other employees, it begins with us.”

with Lauren Frontiera

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In this episode, Lauren shares about being a bad boss to yourself as an entrepreneur. Because let’s be real, we talk a lot about being a great boss in the corporate world when you’re managing other people, but the talk of being a good boss to yourself is pretty nonexistent in the world of entrepreneurship. So, Lauren gets real (emotional) and shares about how she’s been a terrible boss to herself. And she opens up a conversation we need to be talking about more - the importance of respecting, supporting, and caring for ourselves like we would any other employee.

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Aug 24, 2017
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“Looking back, it’s been all of these different combinations of gut feelings and pivots and one right after the next.”

with Meghan Maydel

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In this episode, Meghan Maydel shares her career and entrepreneurial journey - from cake decorating to feeling miserable working in a corporate ad agency to building her own ad agency and working with creative entrepreneurs. Meghan is a Marketing + Positioning Strategist for service-based creative entrepreneurs. She’s got what she does and who she works with figured out to the T. But her owning-her-own-business journey didn’t start out right there. After several pivots and twists and turns and an adventure as a coach, she found her sweet spot. Or as she calls it, her “zone of genius”. In our conversation, Meghan shares about all the twists and turns and why she always goes with her gut, even when it’s terrifying. And she shares about her most recent twist, why she’s changing up her business yet again, and how terrifying it really is - but she’s doing it anyways.

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Aug 23, 2017
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”That’s how it began. I began to obsess over someone else’s highlight reel.”

with Alisha Robertson

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Alisha Robertson, a business coach for creative women, shares about that time she almost closed her biz and went out in search of a full-time job. Not because her business was failing. Not because money wasn’t coming in. The main driver? Comparison. Like the majority of female entrepreneurs, comparison really kicked up in Alisha’s life when she started her online business. And she fell into the mental trap of believing that because one thing was working for someone else, that’s what she had to do in order to build a successful biz. Spoiler alert: it didn’t work. Instead, it drove her further and further away from why she started in the first place. In our conversation, Alisha shares about how she ultimately pulled herself out of the comparison trap, continued on with her business, and learned how to spot comparison early on and use it for inspiration rather than envy.

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Alisha Robertson is a business coach dedicated to helping creative women live their life & create their business on purpose. She’s a self-published author, currently working on her second book, “Living Over Existing” and the creator behind several physical products created to help online business owners organize and build their brands. Through her work, Alisha empowers women to uncover their voice, ditch fear, gain clarity & begin making money doing what they love. 

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Aug 22, 2017
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”As women, and as human beings, and especially as business owners, we have to stop hiding the truth ... and shaming ourselves for the truth. Because growing and building a business is hard as a business owner, and it’s even more difficult as a human being.”

with Lauren Frontiera

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In this episode, Lauren shares the things she’s been too afraid to say out loud. And why, as business owners, we often hide behind the truth because we’re terrified that revealing the real parts of what we really think, or what we really feel, or what’s really going on will lead to rejection. It’s not an easy pill to swallow. The rejection pill. But hiding behind the truth doesn’t protect us from rejection - it keeps us from true connection. So, let’s get down to the real stuff.

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Aug 17, 2017
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”Things were not going well, to say the least. And at a certain point, I was like - I have to go all in. If I really want this to be my career ... if I really say that I love this and that I want this to be the thing that I do forever and ever ... and I want to see this be successful ... I cannot be a part-time entrepreneur.”

with Lizzy Okoro

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In this episode, Lizzy Okoro (badass female, serial entrepreneur) shares about her entrepreneurial journey thus far - the ups, the downs, and the close calls. It all started about 6 years ago when Lizzy decided to start a magazine to highlight creatives and their stories. After bootstrapping her way through manufacturing the first run and pulling together a team of people to help bring the mag to life, it didn't sell. And she couldn't get it on any store shelves. So, she did the only rational thing to do at that moment, and she quit her cozy, secure job without much in her savings and went all in (bring it on fears!). Within months, the magazine was selling and was on it's way to success.

Recently, Lizzy made the tough decision to sell the business and embark on her next entrepreneurial journey. And we dive into how she made that decision, the difference between bootstrapping and fundraising a start-up, and how it feels to be starting over again.

Get cozy. This is a good one!

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Lizzy Okoro is the co-founder and CEO of Yesrally, a digital platform that connects users with personalized beauty information including news and trends, tutorials and product recommendations. Prior to Yesrally, Lizzy was the founder of Bunch Media whose flagship product is Bunch Magazine, a print publication for business-minded creatives. Lizzy currently resides in her hometown, Los Angeles.

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Aug 16, 2017
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”I don’t know that I am the expert on this. And frankly, I’m going to call bullshit on anyone who says they are, because I think it’s just a never-ending struggle for all of us."

with Kali Rogers

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In this episode, I sit down with Kali Rogers, founder of Blush Online Life Coaching, to talk about one of the biggest struggles as a female entrepreneur - learning to enjoy the journey while working towards big goals. It's so easy to get caught up in where you want to be that you forget to enjoy where you already are. So, Kali and I talk about how we're still figuring this out for ourselves. We also chat about the belief so many of us have that we must work insanely hard or constantly be struggling in order to justify ourselves and the work that we're doing. Being a female entrepreneur can be insanely difficult. But knowing we're not alone makes it a hell of a lot easier.

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Kali Rogers is the Founder of Blush Online Life Coaching. She and her team of coaches provide support, motivation, guidance, and advice to girls via videoconference from around the globe for only $79/mo. As well as working with her own individual clients, she provides personality trainings for companies around the country and is the author of, “Conquering Your Quarter Life Crisis: How to Get Your Shit Together in Your 20’s.”

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Aug 15, 2017
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”The website had to be built and everything was launching in two weeks and everything had to be put together and I was so behind on my to do list. I was so far behind.”

With Lauren Frontiera

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In this episode, Lauren shares about what it took to rebrand her entire business (from Grit and Glitter Co. to The Real Female Entrepreneur), what were hardest parts, and how she dealt with it all when life happened unexpectedly in the middle of rebranding. Bringing a brand or a business to life takes a ton of time, work, and energy. And in this episode, lauren pulls back the curtains and shares about what it really looked like behind-the-scenes - and the things that surprised her the most.

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  • Lauren's weekly Youtube video diaries
  • Episode: What's Changing?
  • Episode 117: How Grit and Glitter Has Evolved (and what's next!)
Aug 15, 2017
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If you're confused right now and wondering what in the world is happening, listen to this mini episode for the scoop!

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