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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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Oct 29, 2018

This episode first aired in June 2017.

 

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Oct 15, 2018

This conversation with Jolie first aired in November 2016. As of this re-airing, it is the most downloaded episode of the podcast ever.

 

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Sep 17, 2018

"What are the things within you that need to be solved and reckoned with and unearthed and healed in order to help deal with this?” 

 

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

Rachel Ricketts’ beautiful and heart-breaking story exposes grief as an experience, not an emotion and inspires with a deep depth of experience and wisdom. After helping her mother starve herself to death following a debilitating 20-year battle with multiple sclerosis, Rachel was overcome with grief and loss. Despite this loss, though, she says that the her greatest grief is a result of the intersection of her race and gender. And this grief led to the incredible work she is now doing in the world.

Want a sneak peek? We talk about…

  • how her childhood and mother’s death led to the work she does today around grief and anti-racism
  • grief as an experience not an emotion and how to sit with it to move through it
  • how her greatest grief is a result of the intersection of her race and gender
  • how white women are causing harm every day, if you’re not actively engaged in anti-racism
  • how burnout is a form of grief and why it’s not a quick fix

 

WHO IS RACHEL RICKETTS?

Rachel Ricketts is a racial justice advocate, intuitive coach + public speaker. Combining her wealth of experience as a lawyer, certified intercultural communications educator + trainer, and loss + grief professional along with her personal experiences navigating the world as a black woman, she curates difficult but necessary conversations with compassion. She hosts online and in-person workshops including WOC Talks, specifically for womxn of colour's healing, and Spiritual Activism 101 which  promotes racial justice and reconciliation. Rachel has helped global brands commit to anti-racism + inclusion such as WeWork, Lululemon and TELUS. Her work has been featured in publications such as Huffington Post, Black Girl in Om and Thrive, and she's presented at international conferences including SXSW in Austin and me Convention in Stockholm. She loves donuts, dancing and all things metaphysical. Learn more at www.rachelricketts.com and @iamrachelricketts

 

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www.rachelricketts.com

Rachel on Instagram

Spiritual Activism 101

Sep 10, 2018

“Growth is the only way forward.”

 

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

I think this conversation with Caroline Zook may be the very thing your business-owner heart and soul has been thristing for, my love. This is Caroline’s third time on the podcast, and the well of wisdom runneth over!! Her story is a constant inspiration to embrace the evolution of your life and business with trust and from a place of alignment. Whether you’re feeling that gut tug or you’re happy right where you’re at, I’m glad you found your way here. Let this conversation inspire your soul, my love.

Want a sneak peek? We talk about…

  • Making the decision to combine her business with her husband
  • How Caroline decided to let go of a brand she spent the past four years building
  • The mindset that allows her to continue to evolve and change
  • How to overcome the fear of change
  • Making the shift from an achievement mindset to an alignment mindset (and why it’s important!)

 

WHO IS CAROLINE ZOOK?

Caroline Kelso Zook is the artist, designer and writer behind Made Vibrant, an online space dedicated to helping soulful creatives live and work as their most vibrant selves.

 

LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE:

The Imperfect Boss

The Enneagram

Yoga with Adriene

Episode 19 with Caroline

Episode 103 with Caroline

www.brightestlifejournal.com

www.wanderingaimfullycom

Caroline on Instagram

Aug 29, 2018

”Take a deep breath, and take the next step.”

 

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

Oh, my heart, I’m so wildly excited to hop back into the podcast lineup with an L Chat for your beautiful hearts. The timing was right and I had this incredible lesson I’ve been learning that I felt called to share with you. So, here we are. If you’ve felt like you’ve been trying to force something to work that just hasn’t, this one is for you, my love. This is your permission and inspiration all in one to empower yourself to turn inwards, trust your inner guidance, and find what works for you.

Want a sneak peek? I share about:

  • The subconscious belief that success must feel forced
  • Why what works for someone else won’t always work for you
  • And how to find what does work for you when you’re feeling lost

 

LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE:

“Eat, Pray, Love” by Elizabeth Gilbert

Jess Lively

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Aug 22, 2018

“Our worth has already been proven evident by the breath in our lungs and the beating heart in our chest and we don’t have to fight for it. It is something we can rest in.”

 

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

You know those soul chats you have with your best friend, curled up on your couch drinking wine? This is one of those. And you may be getting ready to meet your new OBFF (online-best-friend-forever). Ashton Long is the creator of The Authentic Woman, a platform that empowers women to live authentically as themselves, and when you hear her story, you’ll know why. So, go ahead, curl up on your couch with a glass of wine and pretend we’re all there hugging and laughing and crying and reveling in our worthiness, mkay?

Want a sneak peek? We talk about:

  • the importance of giving your first energy of each day to yourself
  • Ashton’s personal journey to body confidence and radical self-love
  • rebuilding after a toxic relationship
  • how your relationship with yourself impacts every aspect of your life

 

WHO IS ASHTON LONG?

Ashton is the founder of The Authentic Woman, a platform that empowers women to live authentically as themselves. She firmly believes that women have the power to shift culture, eradicate unjust standards and ultimately change the world. When she's not working with her husband, she is most likely sipping on a cup of local coffee, swooning over pottery or adding to her succulent collection.

 

LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE:

www.theauthenticwomanseries.com

The Authentic Woman on Instagram

Ashton on Instagram

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Aug 13, 2018

“It should be simple. It should feel good. It should be fun. This is supposed to be easy. There is no other way. Every belief that does not support or boil down to that is an unplugged belief.”

 

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

This conversation with Rachael Dunville feels like a spiritual awakening, my love. So, grab a cup of whatever brings you pleasure and cozy up. Your heart is about to come alive! Rachael is an Intimacy-Alignment expert and fine-art portrait photographer. Her deep wisdom of movement and intimacy was born out of her own healing after breaking her pelvis. Her intuitive guidance for manifesting and finding more pleasure in life and business is something we all need. I’m so grateful I get to share it with you.

Want a sneak peek? We talk about:

  • How to live in the present moment while also manifesting your future
  • What that experience of Knowing really is
  • How she healed her body through visualization and movement
  • How to find more pleasure and playfulness while building a business

 

WHO IS RACHAEL DUNVILLE:

Rachael Dunville works globally as an Intimacy-Alignment Expert, offering remote 1:1 Mentorship + Movement Sessions, at her acclaimed company Aerosha.com.

She is also a renowned Fine-Art Portrait Photographer whose work has been featured on Well + Good, Glamour, Girl Boss, Modern Luxury, FastCompany, and Beach, in addition to solo NYC gallery exhibitions of her long-term projects.

Rachael spends her free-time passionately writing, cooking, healing, basking, conversing, and Instagramming.

No matter what hat Rachael is wearing, she values authentic-connection and feeling-good above all else.

Currently splitting time between NYC, Miami, and wherever inspiration leads her, she embodies a freedom-filled lifestyle, always at-the-ready for frequent travel and new experiences.

Her beloved hometown-homebase is in Springfield, Missouri, where she frequents to recharge with loved ones, get nose-to-nose time with her Billy-dog, and excitedly expand her various creative vocations.

 

LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE:

Video: Bob Newhart - Stop it

www.aerosha.com

Aerosha on Instagram

Rachael Dunville on Instagram

www.rachael-dunville.com

Aug 6, 2018

”Be inspired by others. Don’t imitate others.”

 

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

Of all the joyfully infectious, lip-sync loving, pink-haired wedding photographers, McKenzie Deakins is my favorite. And I have a sneaky suspicion she’s about to be yours, too! Which is why I’m SO incredibly excited to share her beautiful energy and heart and her story (including the untold parts) with you. She’s been making magic photographing weddings for over a decade now. So, she knows a thing or two and has been around the metaphorical block enough times to have seen a lot change. The real reason you’re going to love her, though? She has this beautiful way of making you feel totally seen and wildly excited all at the same time. She adds a dash of sugar and excitement to everything she does and yet, she keeps it incredibly real. So, grab a coke (McKenzie’s favorite) and get cozy.

Want a sneak peek? We talk about:

  • How she first got started photographing weddings 13 years ago
  • How her Instagram famous lip sync videos first started!!
  • The impact of watching those you love struggle with mental illness
  • Running a business through difficult life experiences and really tough days

 

WHO IS MCKENZIE DEAKINS?

McKenzie Deakins has been shooting weddings since 2005. She loves to share her passion for photography by teaching! She enjoys shooting weddings, taking beautiful pictures of beautiful people and making Lip Sync Videos, but her goal in life is to teach! McKenzie is a Wife to Greg Deakins and mom of two stinking cute kids - Ellie and Harrison Danger. And yes, his middle name is Danger.  McKenzie believes there is nothing better than a cold coke, that Disneyland is the greatest place on earth, and likes to add 'licious' to the end of words to make them fabulous.

 

LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE:

www.mckenziedeakins.com

McKenzie on Instagram and Facebook

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Jul 31, 2018

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

Stoppppp in the name of badass women entrepreneurs, and push the pause button on whatever it was you were doing. Love, if you somehow stumbled upon this blog post or the description for this episode, it wasn’t coincidence. IT WAS FATE!! And while I believe every woman who dreams of starting a business or has already started one should listen to this conversation, we can at least start with you. You were made for big things. Just like Christina Stembel.

So, whether you have a college degree or not (she doesn’t) or whether you come from an entrepreneurial background or not (she didn’t) or whether everyone around you believes you’re going to do big things or not (she didn’t have this either), hear me now: you can build a multi-million dollar business and do incredible things. Because she did.

Mmkay. No, go hit play right this very minute and dive in, my love.

Want a sneak peek? We talk about:

  • How being picked on in high school shaped Christina into who she is today
  • Why Christina always knew she wanted Farmgirl Flowers to be a billion dollar business
  • Starting the company in her 100 square foot dining room in her one-bedroom apartment
  • How In and Out Burger was the inspiration behind Farmgirl Flowers
  • Her philosophy: build a company you would want to buy from, sell to, and work at

 

WHO IS CHRISTINA STEMBEL?

Christina always knew she wanted to start a business that would utilize her creativity, solve a real problem, and having the potential to scale big. She dreamed up the idea for Farmgirl Flowers in 2010, quit her job at Stanford University, and launched from her dining room in San Francisco, which housed the company (and her very understanding fiancé!) for 2 years. She’s built Farmgirl from less than $50K in self funding into an 75+ person company generating $15M+ in annual revenue. She’s not stopping there though – she plans to grow Farmgirl's annual revenue while creating a business you'd want to buy from, sell to, and work for -- because she believes it’s just the right thing to do.

 

LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE:

”Grit” by Angela Duckworth

www.farmgirlflowers.com

Farmgirl Flowers on Instagram and Facebook

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Jul 23, 2018

“I believe that if we can teach little girls to dream, they’ll be the force that changes this world. But I believe more than that, that if we can teach broken women to dream like little girls again, it will be a force that this world has yet to see.”

 

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

Three years ago Amber had no intention of starting and running a full-time business. She was working as a nurse by trade and planned to start Eleventh Candle Co., a company that works globally to redeem, restore, empower, and equip those vulnerable to human trafficking, abuse, exploitation, and addiction, on the side. Her business grew exponentially, though, and a few years in she was running a multi-million dollar business, and the pressure was unreal. She found herself in a really dark place and was ready to quit everything. Life included. Through a journey into deep self-care, therapy, and looking inwards, though, Amber was able to find a way to put herself first. She learned to manage her energy instead of her time, and it impacted everything.

We talk about:

  • why she started a candle company when she doesn’t even like candles
  • how leading from a place of brokenness leads to burnout
  • how she sets up her days differently in order to manage her energy and not her time
  • creatively celebrating failure
  • learning to rest instead of quitting

 

WHO IS AMBER RUNYON?

The official line: Hospice Nurse who became a social entrepreneur. Amber founded Legacy and Eleventh Candle Co. out of the desire to bring hope to women both in the United States and in Ethiopia who’ve been vulnerable to human trafficking, abuse, exploitation, and addiction. Focusing on providing therapeutic work setting that allows all women a fair chance and opportunity to grow.

The bottom line: Amber believes that if we teach little girls to dream they will the force that changes this world, she believes ​more than that; that if we can teach broken women to dream like little girls again it will be a force that the world has yet to see.

 

LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE:

The Mission: https://vimeo.com/194203575

The Mission Continues: https://vimeo.com/257033494

www.eleventhcandleco.com

Eleventh Candle Co. on Instagram and Facebook

Amber on Instagram

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Jul 16, 2018

”Alignment is really connection. It’s connecting to the power of who I am and staying in that place.”

 

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

We’re picking up right where we left off with Ashley Beaudin in episode 235 (if you haven’t listened to the first part of our conversation, make sure to go listen first). Quick recap: Ashley’s journey of listening to her intuition is deeply rooted in her religious beliefs. She’s been practicing “hearing from God” since she was 14 years old. She’s also spent years practicing checking in with her heart to find intentional presence. We covered all of that and more in part one. We pick up the convo here with me asking her whether she ever doubts that intuitive voice and what that voice even sounds like.

In part two of our conversation, we talk about:

  • What your intuition sounds like
  • How to learn how to hear from your intuition
  • Ashley’s practice of aligning with the truth + power of who she is before she begins work every day
  • How the practice of getting into alignment has impacted her business

 

WHO'S ASHLEY BEAUDIN?

Ashley Beaudin is an inspirational speaker, heart encourager and coach to creative women. She is passionate about equipping women to develop a flourishing relationship with themselves, heal their identity and increase their confidence. You may also know her as the visionary behind #theimperfectboss; a movement that is making imperfect normal and inspiring tens of thousands of creative women to become real and confident in life and business. The easiest way to her heart is through soul talk, hugs and donuts.

 

LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE:

Episode 29: Unashamedly Owning Our Story with Ashley Beaudin

Episode 55: Losing Your Voice in the Noise of the Internet with Ashley Beaudin

Healing from Trauma: A Survivor's Guide to Understanding Your Symptoms and Reclaiming Your Life

”Thinking Fast and Slow”

www.ashleybeaudin.com

www.theimperfectboss.com

Ashley on Instagram

The Imperfect Boss on Instagram

Jul 16, 2018

“I genuinely believe that if women were confident about who they are and what they did that they would heal the world.”

 

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

One of the greatest lessons I’ve learned as an entrepreneur is that by trusting myself and leaning into my own wisdom, I’m able to do far greater things than when only looking for the answers outside of myself. This conversation with Ashley Beaudin, inspirational speaker, heart encourager, and coach to creative women, is a beautiful look into her own journey of learning this lesson, as well. Ashley shares about how she’s tapped into her own inner wisdom through her religious beliefs and how it’s directly impacted her business.

In part one of our conversation, we talk about:

  • Growing out of a place of judgement to find understanding
  • How listening to her intuition is a practice in hearing from God
  • How to find intentional presence by checking in with your heart
  • How to know if what you’re hearing is coming from your intuition
  • Consulting your intuition on practical business decisions

 

WHO IS ASHLEY BEAUDIN?

Ashley Beaudin is an inspirational speaker, heart encourager and coach to creative women. She is passionate about equipping women to develop a flourishing relationship with themselves, heal their identity and increase their confidence. You may also know her as the visionary behind #theimperfectboss; a movement that is making imperfect normal and inspiring tens of thousands of creative women to become real and confident in life and business. The easiest way to her heart is through soul talk, hugs and donuts.

 

LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE:

Episode 29: Unashamedly Owning Our Story with Ashley Beaudin

Episode 55: Losing Your Voice in the Noise of the Internet with Ashley Beaudin

Healing from Trauma: A Survivor's Guide to Understanding Your Symptoms and Reclaiming Your Life

”Thinking Fast and Slow”

www.ashleybeaudin.com

www.theimperfectboss.com

Ashley on Instagram

The Imperfect Boss on Instagram

Jul 16, 2018

”Something that I’m leaning into and learning to feel more comfortable with the discomfort of, is that uncertainty. And because I know that nothing is certain, trusting myself and allowing myself to experiment.”

 

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE:

A wise human (Heraclitus, according to my google search) once said, “The only thing that is constant is change.” And, sister, this is true of business, too. I don’t know about you, but I went into business thinking I had THE greatest idea the world had ever seen and all I had to do was bring it to life. If you’d told me then just how much it would change and evolve, I’d probably would have wanted to punch you in the face for dashing my dreams. In hindsight, I would hope instead I would have hugged you for teaching me one of the greatest lessons I could learn before I even left the gate.

As the podcast continues to evolve, I’m sitting down to share with you my feelings about all of it: why it’s evolving, how I made that change, and some really key lessons that I couldn’t not share with you.

 

LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE:

Episode 19: “The Evolution of Living and Doing Business Authentically” with Caroline Zook

Episode 206: The Dilemma of Motherhood and Entrepreneurship with Ashley Merrill

Episode 233: The Real Story Behind Greetabl’s Success with Zoë Scharf

Episode 216: L Chat | Embracing Change In Your Business

Intentional Mentoring Sessions with Lauren

Jun 19, 2018

“Growth that means something needs to be gradual and you need to earn it.”

 

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WHAT'S IN THIS EPISODE?

Building an Oprah magazine worthy company doesn’t happen overnight. And chances are, there’s lots that went on (and didn’t work out) behind the scenes. That’s why I’m so wildly excited to share the story of Greetabl and one of it’s co-founders with you in this episode! My love, meet Zoë Scharf - previous graphic designer turned entrepreneur.

We talk about:

  • Greetabl’s not-so-overnight success
  • The cereal box that inspired the idea for Greetabl
  • Why slow growth means more
  • The first version of Greetabl that you never heard of (and why it totally flopped)
  • Creating a great product isn’t everything + how Greetabl grew their customer base

 

WHO IS ZOË SCHARF?

Zoë Scharf is the Co-Founder and Chief Brand Officer of Greetabl. Zoë is is a brand and design expert with a BFA from Washington University in St. Louis. At Greetabl, Zoë focuses on the company's vision, brand, digital and physical product, and marketing efforts. Previously, Zoë consulted startups, advising and implementing brand strategy, story and design. At her former position at XPLANE, she worked with Fortune 500 companies on simplifying complex ideas using visual thinking.

 

LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE:

@fight2breathe on Instagram

www.greetabl.com

Greetabl on Instagram

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Jun 18, 2018

“Passion keeps you going on entrepreneur days that are hard. Because if I fall in love with the business and the business ebbs and flows, I’m going to fall out of love.”

 

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The first two years of starting a business are a giant freaking learning curve! Megan Hartman-Sparks is right at that two year mark and she’s sharing about what that journey has been like so far - the highs, the lows, and the one thing that’s kept her going from the start. Megan’s company, Lymph Candy, is a non-toxic, vegan, aluminum free deodorant, and she spends a lot of her time educating customers and pregnant women on why that’s so important. So, of course, she educates us a little at the beginning of our convo, too. If you’re interested in switching to natural products for yourself and your home, deodorant is a great place to start and Megan explains why.

We talk about…

  • why Megan’s first pregnancy was the catalyst for launching Lymph Candy
  • how surrounding yourself with other amazing women entrepreneurs can transform your first few years in business
  • how the most difficult parts of business are also the greatest learning opportunities
  • the basic foundations of building a business that you spend the first two years trying to get right

 

WHO IS MEGAN HARTMAN-SPARKS?

Megan Hartman-Sparks is an energetic people person who graduated from the University of North Texas with a B.A. in Communication Studies & a minor in Spanish. Megan worked at top retail brands like Anthropologie and Lululemon before launching herself into the advertising world. Working on Dannon, Unilever, and Beiersdorf she saw just how powerful global companies are across Food & Personal Care categories especially with healthy advertising budgets. Finished with building someone else’s dreams, after the arrival of her first son, she decided to start Lymph Candy. She serves as Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) and oversees all supplier relationships, business logistics and strategic partnerships.

 

LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE:

www.lymphcandy.com

Jun 18, 2018

“I used to not believe that I could feel this good without making a lot more money or having way more downloads of the podcast. I thought I had to have all of those things in order to feel as good as I do right now.”

 

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I’ve spent years chasing business success to try to feel better. I believed that more money, more downloads, more validation would somehow help me feel better, too. It’s a belief that’s chased me my whole life - do this to accomplish that to feel this great. And, my love, it’s just not true. I’m living proof of it. After a dozen or so conversations that have gone something like this …

Friend: So, how are you?

Me: I’m so good. Like really good. I feel incredible and the wild thing is that I used to believe I couldn’t feel this great without making more money or having more downloads of the podcast, but I feel that great already without any of those things.

Friend: Wow, really? That’s amazing!

… I thought it was about time I shared all of this with you. Because, sister, I know I’m not alone.

So, in this L chat, I’m sharing with you how I’ve learned to feel so good regardless of how my business is doing on any given day and how you can, too.

 

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Episode 192

Jun 11, 2018

“The challenge is you’ll always have new challenges. It doesn’t stop. You’re never “there”. There’s always “what’s next?”

 

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Our stories of who we are today and the work we do in the world is so heavily influenced by our stories of years ago. That definitely rings true of the inspiration behind the fashion brand Cuyana. And, my love, I got to sit down with the founders, Karla Gallardo and Shilpa Shah to hear it all!

We talk about…

  • Introducing the revolutionary idea of “fewer, better things” to the fashion industry in 2013
  • Why “fewer, better things” is not a minimalist philosophy
  • How they met serendipitously and became business partners
  • Persevering despite the “no”s and no responses
  • Why it’s important to have support outside of your business as an entrepreneur

 

WHO ARE KARLA GALLARDO + SHILPA SHAH?

Karla Gallardo, Co-Founder and CEO of Cuyana

Karla started Cuyana with the vision of creating a global design house that inspires intentional buying through pieces that are crafted with integrity. After growing up in Ecuador, Karla moved to the United States where she earned her MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and her Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics from Brown University.  She previously worked at Goldman Sachs in the Investment Banking Group and at the Apple Online Store as a Business and Strategy Analyst. The name Cuyana means “to love” in Quechua, Karla’s native

language , symbolizing her love of fashion, travel, and giving back.

Shilpa Shah, Co-Founder and CXO of Cuyana

Shilpa was drawn to Cuyana for the opportunity to create products rich in meaning, quality, and story. Beginning her career in Interaction Design, Shilpa has over 15 years of experience designing web and mobile interfaces for Fortune 500 companies including Disney, AT&T, and Sun Microsystems. In 2012, she graduated with her MBA from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business. Shilpa is passionate about celebrating the the multifaceted spirit of modern women through creating a culture of empowerment.

 

LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE:

www.cuyana.com

Cuyana on Instagram

Shilpa on Instagram

Karla on Instagram

Jun 11, 2018

”Maybe it doesn’t need to take a grandiose gesture. What if it is just one tiny action that really could make a world of a difference?”

 

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What would you do if you were 1% more courageous? That’s the question Jude Martinez started asking herself when she was faced with some really big fears after playing it safe for years. That question would also later be her catalyst for launching In Her Shoes, a global organization committed to catalyzing courage for young girls and women around the world. You know those pivotal moments in your life that you can look back on and say “That. That was moment things changed.” Here’s one of Jude’s: after being accepted to her dream law school, she realized that the thing she had always wanted wasn’t at all what she really wanted. Scared of what everyone would think, she secretly declined her acceptance and told everyone else she was deferring for one year. She gave herself that one year to “figure it out”. And that’s where our story begins...

We talk about:

  • How playing small for years protected her from fear
  • How fear is now her best compass
  • How Jude intuitively made the decision to turn down a giant opportunity she’d spent years working towards
  • How she turned her passion for social entrepreneurship into starting her own organization

 

WHO IS JUDE MARTINEZ?

Judith Martinez is the Founder and CEO of InHerShoes and Chief of Strategy at Orenda Collective. InHerShoes is a millennial led, social impact driven, global organization committed to catalyzing courage for young girls and women around the world. Their mission is simple: activate the genius of a generation to make a difference in their communities now. A by-product being re-defying traditional standards of what it looks like to be a successful woman today. When she’s not catalyzing courage for women at InHerShoes, she’s equipping startup entrepreneurs and small businesses with strategies that grow profit and social impact at boutique consulting agency, Orenda Collective.

Judith has worked with organizations such as Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, world-class leaders such as Leon Panetta, and has shared her voice on behalf of youth at the Youth Assembly, United Nations. Selected as a StartingBloc fellow in Washington, D.C., Judith has worked with organizations such as ReWork, Mind Hatch, and the Transformative Action Institute. She has co-authored Students Lead Now, the first book written by students, for students, on student leadership in the higher education space, and was most recently selected to work side by side with Echoing Green Fellows in building a Social Innovation and Leadership program to equip college students with 21st century skill sets for success at Claremont McKenna College. Recognized by The Next Big Thing Movement as one of 2017's Millennial Influencers, she was nominated to join the ranks of Forbes 30 Under 30 for her commitment to first generation women and transforming what it means to be a non-profit in this day and age. She most recently was honored as one of CSQ Magazine’s #NextGen10 awardees for her impact in Arts, Culture, and Philanthropy in the Los Angeles entrepreneurial eco-system, alongside folks like Kobe Bryant, Jeff Stibel, and Jesse Draper in Innovation & Tech.

 

LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE:

TEDx

Youth Assembly at the United Nations

Ashoka

Episode 176 with Emily Ann Peterson

”Bare Naked Bravery” by Emily Ann Peterson

In her Shoes on Instagram

www.inhershoesmvmt.org

Jun 11, 2018

“If you could bring an intentionality to this idea that allowed you to go deeper and make this idea better and allowed you to flourish in the growth and the challenges of this idea, imagine the abundance that you could continue to see from that idea.”

 

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I love sharing the things that are impacting my life and biz with you. My hope would be that if it resonates, that it brings a new light and awareness and excitement to your work and every day. So, I’m sharing with you something new that came into my awareness recently that I first started applying to life and recently began applying to my business. If, like me, you desire to experience more depth in your life, this one's for you, sister. And if you have no idea what that means, give it a listen. It may be just the thing you’ve been needing to hear.

 

Jun 4, 2018

“I had to start choosing myself over the stories I’d made about other people.”

 

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Your business shouldn’t only serve your customers and clients while leaving you emotionally empty-handed and overwhelmed. Can I get an amen?! For a lot of us, it takes learning the hard way to rebuild a better way, though. That’s why you’re here, listening to Jessica’s story. I hope, if anything, her story inspires you to dream up what success looks like for you differently. I hope it encourages you to reflect on how you’re currently building your business. I hope it empowers you to let go of what’s not working and start redefining the rules of entrepreneurship. Because a business can serve you first while also serving your customers and clients better.

We talk about…

  • How anxiety can be your compass
  • Redefining what the “rules” of entrepreneurship are for you
  • Restructuring how you do business so your biz can serve you first
  • Finding “success” and then feeling miserable
  • Trusting your intuition even when outside opinion and logic don’t line up

 

WHO IS JESSICA RODRIGUEZ?

Jessica Rodriguez is the founder of The Day Dream Achiever and Business Strategist with an unapologetic mission to help purpose-driven coaches and strategists increase their profits, without increasing their work hours, through scalable offers and funnels.

Never one to shy away from the opportunity to share what she’s learned, you can find her each week on the #daydreamachievers podcast (available on iTunes and Stitcher) where she provides straightforward, actionable strategy and powerful conversations on what it really takes to step into a scalable and sustainable business model.

Through her Achievers Circle membership community, multiple self-study programs and a touch of client work, she continues to see what is possible when women stop apologizing for wanting more and go after it.

When she’s not talking all things business, you can find her curled up on the couch making inappropriate jokes with her hubby, miserably failing at not letting her furbabies take over the house, Netflix binging or traveling to the next adventure life brings.

 

LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE:

”The Crossroads of Should and Must” by Elle Luna (book)

”The Crossroads of Should and Must” by Elle Luna (on medium)

Lisa Carpenter

The Aligned CEO podcast

The Daydream Achiever podcast

www.thedaydreamachiever.com

Jun 4, 2018

”I felt like I couldn’t breathe anymore. My life was changing and I couldn't breathe. I was drowning. So, I did this and I got oxygen in my lungs again. And it’s been my journey. It’s worked out. I’m still alive. I still have clothes on my back. My dog is still fed. It has been so difficult, but it’s been my journey and it’s the path I chose.”

 

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I hope you listen to this conversation. I hope you feel the depth of light that radiates out of the darkness of Amy’s story. And I hope you know that the same light can radiate out of your own dark moments. Amy wrote off entrepreneurship a long time ago. Life had different plans, though. After losing her father traumatically, being disowned from the rest of her family, being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, and realizing her dream job was everything she didn’t want within a two year span, Amy found herself leaving behind the corporate world to start her photography business.

We talk about…

  • Working yourself to a really unhealthy point
  • Dealing with the hardships of life and business
  • How much your mindset can change in a short timespan
  • When her business didn’t grow overnight (or the first year)
  • How the hard stuff opens the door to experiencing the good

 

WHO IS AMY BONE?

Amy is the owner of Bone Photography where she captures love stories, senior celebrations and “I-do’s” in Rockford, IL and the Chicagoland area. She goes beyond being a local photographer by serving a much wider audience and striving to tell her story and share her education with the world. Whether you show up for her Joke of The Day or follow her blog about the ups and downs of owning a business, Amy puts 100% of herself into what you receive. Rocking her pink overalls and sharing photos of her dog, Amy is a safe place to land and to hear the sweet words of “me too”.

 

LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE:

Episode 205 with Ji-Youn Kim

Episode 68 with Ruthie Lindsey

”You are a Badass” by Jen Sincero

Amy on Instagram and Facebook

www.bonephotography.co

Jun 4, 2018

“I want you to know that boundaries are going to do something incredible. They will change how you feel about your business. They will change how you feel about your clients and your customers. They will change how you feel about everything. And it’s kind of like magic. Because nothing else will change, except for you. And yet, everything will feel totally different.”

 

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Boundaries are like magical fairy dust for your heart and your biz. You don’t need a fairy, though, because you are your own queen in shining armor here to save you from overwhelm, my love. I’ve spent the majority of my 20s learning how to set boundaries and getting comfortable with doing it. There was a point in my life when I couldn’t set a boundary with a fly. Now, I flip boundaries like pancakes at IHOP and it’s transformed how I feel about my business. So, I’m sharing with you how I’ve done that and the three key places where I’ve been able to transform how I do biz with boundaries.

I talk about…

  • How to set boundaries in business with love and intention
  • Setting boundaries with your inbox
  • My out of office email response that helps me set inbox boundaries
  • Setting boundaries to build deeper relationships and connections
  • 4 questions to ask yourself when setting boundaries
May 28, 2018

”It could have been the worst thing that ever happened to me to lose my job right after we bought a house. But really that mess was what allowed me to create this beautiful, amazing business that I have today.”

 

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One morning, Mandi woke up to find an email in her inbox letting her know that her company closed overnight and just like that she was out of a job. In less than twenty-four hours, though, Mandi had launched the beginning of what is now She Can Coterie, a boutique business and marketing management agency where she runs of a team of almost twenty. Love, if you’re still looking for your dream, it may just be waiting for the right moment to fall into your lap. Never doubt the possibility that arises from the rumble of a what feels like a big mess.

We talk about…

  • that inner knowing that you’re meant to own your own business without yet knowing what that is
  • the importance of having hobbies and fun things you enjoy doing outside of your business
  • how Mandi decided on her ideal client
  • having uncomfortable conversations as a leader

 

WHO IS MANDI HOLMES?

Mandi Holmes is CEO of She Can Coterie, a boutique business and marketing management agency for online, service-based, female business owners.

She Can Coterie started in 2015 when Mandi was unexpectedly laid off from a job as a virtual assistant herself and is now a fully-functioning, expert team that does it all! Blogging and editorial work, social media management, customer service, technical support, inbox support, systems creation, travel and invoicing... you name it, She Can Coterie can do it! The options are truly endless. To date, SCC has helped more than 100 business owners get organized, strategize their next steps, and take action towards their biggest dreams.

Mandi believes that women should run the world, that asking for help is vital to success, and that having an iced latte in your hand makes you unstoppable. When she's not leading her team, upleveling She Can Coterie, or serving powerful women around the world you can find her with her nose in a good book, playing "bathetball" with her sweet son Henry, or binge-watching Netflix with her husband.

 

LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE:

Jess Lively’s podcast

Tanya Geisler

www.shecancoterie.com

She Can Coterie on Instagram

May 28, 2018

”I realized that I don’t control what other people think or say about me. But I have 100% control over how I let it affect me. I get to choose my attitude.”

 

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She went to Harvard business school, her father was the founder of Trek Bicycles, and she spent years working her way up the corporate ladder. But it was entering the race for governor of Wisconsin that helped her escape the cage of her comfort zone. And it was through losing that race that she finally found her confidence again. Mary Burke is one hell of a woman and an incredible fountain of wisdom, my love. So, hold onto your heart, this is going to get good.

We talk about:

  • How our comfort zone cages us in
  • The 3 biggest lessons she learned from losing the run for governor
  • Why Mary started “toning it down” and playing small after years of success
  • The Catalyst for launching her organizing, Building Brave

 

WHO IS MARY BURKE?

Mary founded Building Brave to create a global online community of 10 million women who are connecting, inspiring and empowering each other.  She grew up wanting to be a business person just like her dad, Dick Burke, founder of Trek Bicycles. After a successful career in the private sector and an unlikely campaign that almost made her governor of Wisconsin, she found her passion and path in empowering women.

 

LINKS FROM THIS EPISODE:

”The Confidence Code” by Katty Kay

www.buildingbrave.org

The Building Brave app

May 28, 2018

“In any and every moment, you can find this sense of calmness and peace and certainty that you have everything you need in this very moment. And whatever has not yet arrived, you do not yet need. Trust that it will find it’s way to you when the timing is right.”

 

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I’ve been meditating for four years now. It took awhile to find my groove and really learn to enjoy it. Guided meditations were a game-changer for me in the beginning, though. So, I’ve created this beautiful guided meditation for you business owners who are feeling that daily stress and overwhelm of trying to do it all and figure it all out. So, get cozy, hit play, and take 15 minutes for a little self-care for yourself today, my love.

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