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theSkimm's co-founders and co-CEOs, Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg, started their company from a couch. Now they’re bringing it back to one, and inviting powerful female leaders to sit down and chat about everything from celebrating career wins to the worst advice they've ever received. It’s an inside look at what it’s really like on the road to success. No BS, no sugarcoating.

Episode Date
Ashley Graham, supermodel, entrepreneur and host of Pretty Big Deal: “People want to [put] you into a box. But it's your decision if you want to go along with the molding or not.”
Ashley Graham is the ultimate multihyphenate. Think: supermodel, entrepreneur, designer, author, advocate, and a new mom. On the road to success, she’s defied every label that people have tried to attach to her, and she’s become a trailblazer in the fashion industry and a voice for inclusivity and empowerment. Oh, and also: she’s a ton of fun.   In this episode, Ashley shares why she never fit into any mold throughout her career (12:50), how she’s built her personal brand (21:09), and why jealousy prevents you from making progress (22:41). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 28, 2020
Dr. Yaba Blay, scholar-activist: “When I think about my relationship to the academy, part of the struggle was I don't want to talk in academic prose… Because who's gonna see it? And who's it gonna benefit?”
Dr. Yaba Blay is a scholar-activist and cultural consultant whose work centers on the lived experiences of Black women and girls. While she’s got all of the degrees and academic accolades, Dr. Blay sat down with us this week to talk about why she’s taken her work outside of the classroom. And how she’s creating impact through her creative campaigns and community on social media.   In this episode, Dr. Blay shares how she uses her personal connection to her work as fuel (6:26), why she believes it’s important to be able to change your mind (12:14), and when she decided to create her series “Professional Black Girl” (21:00).  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 21, 2020
SFTC Special: Routine, Reality, and You
Let’s be real: some of us had big things planned for 2020, before the pandemic came along. But even with everything going on, a lot of Skimm’rs haven’t let that get in their way. And one thing we’ve heard from a lot of you is how routine and self-care have helped them stay grounded when everything else is in flux. This week, we wanted to do a reality check and turn the mic on you. We’ll hear from two Skimm’rs making big moves in spite of circumstance, from moving across the country (4:40) to changing careers (11:30). This is a special episode of Skimm’d From The Couch, sponsored by Estée Lauder. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 19, 2020
Bethenny Frankel, founder & CEO, Skinnygirl: “I definitely paved the way for every reality star… I had my eye on the prize from the minute I got in there.”
Bethenny Frankel grew up learning how to hustle. And for her entire career, she’s consistently bet on herself and her ideas. She joined us this week to talk about where that hustle comes from. And how she grew her business from the ground up, using her platform on “The Real Housewives of New York” to chart a new course for entrepreneurs.   In this episode, Bethenny shares how she got her foot in the door in the early days (7:28), why she chose to join “The Real Housewives” (13:50), and how she uses her instincts to make business decisions (22:31).  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 14, 2020
Eva Chen, director of fashion partnerships, Instagram: “I think it's really important if you have a door open [to you], keep it propped open."
While Eva Chen is known for her loyal following on IG (us included), she’s also known for carving out a career path that’s totally her own. She started off in editorial, and now she straddles the tech and high fashion worlds as the director of fashion partnerships at Instagram. And in case she wasn’t busy enough… she’s also a children’s book author. This week she told us that one of the biggest secrets to her success has been: her network. Because she’s stayed in touch with everyone she worked with.  In this episode, Eva shares how she went from being pre-med to being a magazine intern (5:03), her advice for growing your network (11:41), and why failing is okay (25:25). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Oct 07, 2020
Misty Copeland, principal dancer, American Ballet Theatre: “I want to diversify [ballet]. I want people to see and know that a Black girl can be a ballerina in a mainstream White company.”
Misty Copeland is the most famous ballet dancer in the world. Which means that throughout her career, she's had to consistently break down barriers. For background: Misty made history when she became the first Black female principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre. And now, her reach extends beyond the dance world through her books, philanthropy, and advocacy. Her new children's book “Bunheads” comes out this September.  In this episode, Misty shares how she gained confidence in herself (9:04), her advice for developing relationships with mentors (19:30), and her go-to dance song (34:41).  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 30, 2020
Monica Royer, founder and CEO, Monica + Andy: “I literally came into the hospital without thinking about [founding my business] and left the hospital on a mission.”
Entrepreneurship runs in Monica Royer’s family. Her brother Andy founded Bonobos, the menswear company that changed the retail game. And Monica took notes on his journey before carving out a space of her own. She went on to found Monica + Andy, a company that makes organic baby blankets and clothing. This week, Monica joined us to share how she’s created a mentor network, and how she got her business off the ground. In this episode, Monica shares how she pivoted from the pharmaceutical industry to clothing (7:27), when she knew she had to act on her idea (think: in the hospital) (8:24), and how she’s cultivated a network of mentors beyond her own family (17:14). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 23, 2020
Kim Cattrall, actress and producer: “I have self worth. And I’m expensive.”
If you need some tips on advocating for yourself at work… Kim Cattrall’s got you covered. The actress and producer joined us to talk about how she learned to negotiate for herself from a young age. And how she trusts her instincts to choose new roles, including her character on the new show, “Filthy Rich.”  In this episode, Kim shares what drove her to acting (10:02), how she makes tough career decisions (18:33), and when she knew she needed to take a step back from work to focus on her health (20:50).  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 21, 2020
Lilli Gordon, founder and CEO, First Aid Beauty: “You have to have this crazy, almost irrational, belief in your own ability to get something done.”
Once Lilli Gordon found the beauty industry, she left her old career in finance and economics behind. After decades crunching numbers, Lilli wanted to solve different kinds of problems. Specifically, skin challenges. So she founded her own business, First Aid Beauty. She joined us this week to talk about how she knew it was time to change industries. And how she built her company from the ground up.  In this episode, Lilli shares her personal connection to the beauty industry (13:30), how she hustled to get the business off the ground (17:20), and why the company decided to launch FAB Aid (24:40).  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 16, 2020
Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, co-founder and CEO of Promise: "When you feel like you're fighting for justice, it empowers you in a different way because it's not just for you…. And I think that makes you very powerful."
Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins has always been focused on creating change. She started as a leader in the labor and environmental movements, and she’s now using tech to create impact at scale. Her company, Promise, is a financial services tech platform tackling criminal justice reform. And this week, Phaedra joined us to share how she’s become a strong advocate by tuning out critics. It’s something she learned from the late musician Prince… who was also her old boss. More on that in the episode.  In this episode, Phaedra told us why she’s good at managing crisis (4:16), what she learned from her time as Prince’s manager (13:40), and her approach to fundraising (28:00). Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 09, 2020
Jeni Britton Bauer, founder and Chief Creative Officer, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams: “Sometimes the things that seem like your disadvantages can be your advantages.”
Jeni Britton Bauer eats ice cream every single day. While that's become a quarantine habit for a lot of us, it's actually a key component of Jeni's job. That’s because she’s the founder and chief creative officer of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, an artisanal ice cream company she started after dropping out of Ohio State. Jeni joined us this week to tell us why dropping out was the best thing she ever did. And how her hustle in the early days helped her create an ice cream empire.  In this episode, Jeni shares why she knew she would be an entrepreneur when she was a kid (4:32), how her experiences starting out taught her how to run a business (11:27), and what it’s like to navigate a team through crisis (24:38).  Stay tuned at the end for a spotlight on Sea Star Beachwear, a company making neoprene shoes and accessories so you can get your feet wet. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Sep 02, 2020
Leslie Blodgett, former CEO and founder, bareMinerals: “I learned that when I'm desperate, when I can't seem to find my way, is when I get most creative.”
Leslie Blodgett is a trailblazer in the beauty industry. She is the former CEO and founder of bareMinerals, a product she grew into an almost two billion dollar business. She sat down with us to talk about how she built a community of loyal customers before the age of social media. And luckily, she's also put those tips into her new book, “Pretty Good Advice.” It gives some pretty great advice. Including: “lead with laughter.”  In this episode, Leslie shares how she hustled to break into the beauty business (5:32), why she built her television persona while being an introvert (12:39), and how she's leaned on a support system of girlfriends (22:10).  Stay tuned at the end for a spotlight on Juju Supply, a company making jewelry, touchstones and totems to give you energy, spirit, resilience, and hope. Want to be featured? Submit yourself or a friend here.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 26, 2020
Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO of Feeding America: "I learned that I had cancer.... I was changed after that…. It forced me to say, 'Are you living what matters the most to you?'"
Claire Babineaux-Fontenot’s life changed in 2015. Because she received a cancer diagnosis from her doctor. Claire, a Walmart exec at the time, underwent treatment and realized she wanted to reconsider her career. She went on to become the CEO of Feeding America, the country’s largest domestic hunger relief organization. This week, Claire sat down with us to talk about how she found meaning in her career. And gave her advice on how you can do the same. In this episode, Claire shares how growing up with 108 (!) siblings impacted her leadership style (2:38), what goes down in that family group text (6:47), and how Feeding America is leading the fight against food insecurity (25:00). Stay tuned at the end for a spotlight on The Yes, a new app that’s reimagining how you shop online. Want to be featured? Submit yourself or a friend here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
Aug 19, 2020
Lori Gottlieb, psychotherapist and author: "The uncomfortable is a great place to be."
Lori Gottlieb knows what it’s like to make a risky career move. Or four. Before becoming a bestselling author and therapist, Lori was a TV exec, then a medical student... and then a journalist. This week, Lori told us how she successfully navigated those transitions in her life. And how she helps her patients navigate those types of changes now.  In this episode, Lori shares how to get comfortable with being uncomfortable (12:40), why we need to humanize each other in the office (23:25), and how to know when you should stop seeing a therapist (19:15).  Stay tuned at the end for a spotlight on PUR Home, a company making green cleaning supplies for your home. Want to be featured? Submit yourself or a friend here. 
Aug 12, 2020
Abby Wambach: “If you're not a good leader on the bench, you cannot call yourself a good leader on the field.”
In an alternate universe, we’d be cheering in front of our TVs right now. Because the Olympics would be on. So while we wait for Tokyo 2021, we sat down with someone who knows a thing or two about winning a gold medal: Abby Wambach. She won two while she played for the US Women’s National Team. And the soccer star hasn’t slowed down in retirement. She’s now a bestselling author and an equal pay activist.  In this episode, Abby shares what it was like to play with her idols, including Mia Hamm (12:45), how she’s developed her leadership style on and off the field (19:33), and why one night at the ESPY awards changed the direction of her retirement (27:49).  Stay tuned at the end for a spotlight on Babyation, a company that’s unapologetically for moms. Their first product: a breast pump that’s quiet and discreet. Want to be featured? Submit yourself or a friend here.
Aug 05, 2020
BONUS EPISODE with Betsey Johnson, fashion designer: “I’ve played my life very instinctively.”
Betsey Johnson joined us on a special bonus episode of Skimm’d from The Couch. She first took the fashion industry by storm in the 1960s and became famous for her instantly recognizable designs. And for her cartwheels down the runway. Her new memoir, “Betsey”, is on sale now and gives readers an inside look at the woman behind the iconic label.  And PS: she can still do a cartwheel and a split at age 77.
Aug 03, 2020
Judy Smith, crisis management expert and founder of Smith & Company: "I [was] sitting in the Oval, just kickin' it with the president..."
Judy Smith is the real-life Olivia Pope. Her life and career in crisis management inspired the making of ABC’s hit TV show “Scandal.” And Judy’s real-life clients include some of the most famous celebs, politicians, and Fortune 500 companies in the world. This week, she sat down with us to talk about how she tells it like it is. Even to some of the world’s most powerful people.  In this episode, Judy shares how she started organizing press conferences at age 11 (4:00), why she’s always taken risks (24:58), and whether she actually calls her employees gladiators (29:58).  Stay tuned at the end for a spotlight on Effie’s Paper. It’s a company creating lifestyle products for your desk, travel, and even your coffee habit. Want to be featured? Submit yourself or a friend here.
Jul 29, 2020
Tina Tchen, CEO of Time’s Up: "Building better workplaces for our employees [is]...essential to build resilient workforces and workplaces for the future."
Tina Tchen is challenging companies to build better workplaces. As the CEO of Time’s Up, she’s focused on equality in the office. As a lawyer by trade, Tina has also been a political aide as chief of staff to former First Lady Michelle Obama, and the executive director for the White House Council on Women and Girls. She sat down with us this week to talk about how she creates impact at scale- and what it’s like to manage up when your boss is the First Lady.  In this episode, Tina shares how she grew her confidence in a corporate setting (10:08), what it was like to be a single parent working in the White House (23:42), and her strategies for creating meaningful impact (28:30). Stay tuned at the end for a spotlight on arfa, a new consumer goods company that develops personal care brands based on close relationships with people who use them. And the customers aren’t just consumers - but actual stakeholders in the brands.
Jul 22, 2020
BONUS EPISODE with Claire Wasserman, founder of Ladies Get Paid and host of "Friends Who Talk About Money": "You will probably make more money if you talk about it."
Welcome to a special bonus episode where we’re talking about one of our favorite topics: money. Claire Wasserman is the founder of Ladies Get Paid and host of John Hancock’s new podcast, “Friends Who Talk About Money.” This week, she sat down with us to talk about how she negotiates, the money myths she wants to dispel for women, and why you really need to start talking about money with your friends. Even if it’s awkward. 
Jul 16, 2020
Teresa Carlson, VP, Worldwide Public Sector at Amazon Web Services: “Write your own job description.”
Teresa Carlson has closed negotiations around the world. As the head of the worldwide public sector for Amazon Web Services, she convinces government and nonprofit clients to commit to a major technology upgrade. This week, she told us how every no can be turned into a yes. And her surprising pro tip for negotiating at work? Write your own job description. We’ll explain.  In this episode, Teresa shares why she actually switched her career from speech pathology to technology (3:50), how she deals with red tape (10:16), and her mindset going into every negotiation (18:07).  Stay tuned at the end for a spotlight on Kanarys, a platform that fuels progress towards more diverse, equitable and inclusive workplace culture. Want to be featured? Submit yourself or a friend here.
Jul 15, 2020
Norah O’Donnell, anchor of the 'CBS Evening News': "Preparation builds confidence and confidence builds success."
Norah O’Donnell is the most-watched woman in news in the country. She is the anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News, making her the third woman ever to solo anchor a network evening broadcast. As she approaches her 1 year anniversary in the anchor chair, Norah sat down with us to talk us through the secret to her success. Think: a lot of preparation. And six newspapers a day.  In this episode, Norah shares how she made a name for herself in large companies (4:30), her strategies for building a support network (9:42), and her approach to leading CBS into a new era of news (17:33).  Stay tuned at the end for a spotlight on Tea Drops, a company founded by Sashee Chandran. They make innovative, bag-less, dissolvable teas- with 20% less waste than a tea bag. Want to be featured? Submit yourself or a friend here.
Jul 08, 2020
Carmen Rita Wong, author, host, and financial expert: “People say, ‘Oh, this door closed. This door closed.’ And I'd be like, ‘Well, I'll take a chainsaw and make a door.’”
We all have questions about money. And Carmen Rita Wong had the answers for us on this week’s episode. She’s an author, personal finance expert, and the former host and co-creator of CNBC's On The Money, and has advised women around the country on how to take control over their finances. And in a total full circle moment, Carmen was also Carly’s first boss.  In this episode, Carmen shares how she’s used her inner strength to break down boundaries (8:18), why women need to ask themselves tough questions about money (12:14), and her best negotiating advice (31:52). Spoiler: always ask.  Stay tuned at the end for a spotlight on Addison Bay, a company selling activewear fashion out of Philly. Because let’s face it - we’re all wearing leggings these days anyway. Want to be featured? Submit yourself or a friend here.
Jul 01, 2020
Julie Greenwald, chairman & COO, Atlantic Records: “You have to outwork everybody else.”
Julie Greenwald is a powerhouse in the music industry. She started out in the business as an assistant in 1992, and worked her way up to help build Def Jam Records. Now, she’s the chairman and COO of Atlantic Records. And she’s helped advance the careers of some artists you may be familiar with. Think: Bruno Mars, Kelly Clarkson, and Ed Sheeran... to name a few.  In this episode, Julie shares why her work ethic set her apart (12:24), how she changed the culture at Atlantic Records (18:57), and her best negotiating advice (28:08). Hint: know your value.  Stay tuned for a spotlight on The Helm ABA, a behavior therapy company focused on providing families of children affected by autism with the behavior support that they need. Want to be featured? Submit yourself or a friend here. *This show was recorded on April 23rd*
Jun 29, 2020
Tiffany R. Warren, SVP, Chief Diversity Officer at Omnicom: “Being a microphone for people who can't be in the room is an honor and a power that I take extremely seriously.”
Tiffany R. Warren realized her calling early in life. She is the SVP, Chief Diversity Officer for Omnicom, one of the largest advertising and marketing networks in the world. She’s also the founder and president of ADCOLOR, an organization that champions and advocates for diversity in the creative and tech industries. But her work changing corporate culture actually began when she was a toddler.  In this episode, Tiffany shares how her childhood set the tone for her career (6:54), how she navigates the personal and professional aspects of her role (22:35), and her recommendations for allies at work (24:49).  Stay tuned for a spotlight on Golde, a health and wellness company founded by Trinity Mouzon Wofford. Golde makes products that look good, taste good, and help you feel like your best self. Want to be featured? Submit yourself or a friend here.
Jun 24, 2020
Padma Lakshmi: “We're not taught to advocate for ourselves at the expense of maybe ruffling some feathers.”
Padma Lakshmi has our dream job. She’s the host and executive producer of “Top Chef” and the upcoming series “Taste The Nation.” And her career has taken her all over the world to try the best food. But it’s also thrown her a few curveballs. Padma sat down with us this week to tell us how she became a serious player in the culinary world, and why her activism fuels her work.  In this episode, Padma shares how she overcame imposter syndrome (13:30), why she’s a committed mentor (15:56), and how she brings her sense of activism into the culinary world (18:13).  Stay tuned at the end for a spotlight on Dogdrop, a flexible dog daycare center. Want to be featured? Submit yourself or a friend here.  Note: This episode contains mentions of sexual assault that may be triggering for some listeners.
Jun 17, 2020
Loni Love, comedian and co-host of The Real: “I want people to be inspired.”
This episode was recorded on May 28, 2020.  Loni Love brings effortless personality, confidence, and honesty to TV screens daily as the co-host of The Real. And the secret to her success: perseverance. Because her journey has taken many twists. She sat down with us to share how she's found her voice, onstage and off.  You’ll also want to pre-order her new book, I Tried To Change So You Don’t Have To, at  In this episode, Loni shares how she learned perseverance from a young age (3:50), why she’s kept a journal throughout her life (5:35), and how to conquer self doubt (17:47).  Stay tuned at the end for a spotlight on Jali Creatives, a digital marketing firm founded by Juana Jones. It’s providing free templates and resources to businesses who need it in the wake of COVID-19. Want to be featured? Submit yourself or a friend here.
Jun 10, 2020
Ariane Goldman, founder and CEO of HATCH: “Fear and ambition together is incredibly powerful.”
Ariane Goldman is no stranger to taking risks. She climbed the corporate ladder for years before quitting to dive into fashion. She started HATCH, a company creating style solutions for pregnant women. And it’s now changing the conversation about maternity. But she founded the brand when no one was paying attention to the category. This week, she told us why she risked it to be the first mover in a new space.  In this episode, Ariane shares her philosophy of leading with “human first” during the COVID-19 pandemic (4:20), her advice for turning your side hustle into your main hustle (10:06), and what it was like to start a company with a newborn (18:15).  Stay tuned at the end of the episode for a spotlight on Soapply, a company on a mission to get soap in the hands of everyone who needs it right now. Every 8 oz. of Soapply is tied to a $1 donation that helps fund water, sanitation, and hygiene efforts around the globe.
May 27, 2020
Lindsay Peoples Wagner, Editor-in-Chief of Teen Vogue: “Empathy is everything.”
Lindsay Peoples Wagner is the youngest editor-in-chief of a Condé Nast publication. She’s also the only black female editor-in-chief of a major US fashion magazine. She sat down with us this week to talk about how hard work really does pay off. And about the changes she wants to make in the fashion industry now that she’s at the helm of Teen Vogue.  In this episode, Lindsay shares how she leads with empathy (5:53), why she won’t stay complacent (22:36), and what the role of a mentor should be (23:56). Stay tuned at the end for a spotlight on Weezie Towels, the “towel whisperers” redefining how you shop for bath and towel products. Want to be featured? Submit yourself or a friend here.
May 20, 2020
Jennifer Justice, entertainment exec and founder, The Justice Department: “I started seeing that when I advocated for people, it was different than other people doing it.”
Jennifer Justice is an expert negotiator. As an entertainment attorney (for Jay-Z) and now as the CEO and founder of The Justice Department, she’s a pro at getting people what they deserve. Tune in for her best negotiation tips, and the number one mistake she thinks people make. Hint: don’t go in with your best offer.  In this episode, Jennifer shares how she overcame her imposter syndrome (6:22), why she quit her job with no plan as a single mom of two-year-old kids (15:58), and how you can be your own best advocate (26:38).    Stay tuned at the end of the episode for a spotlight on Orenda Tribe, a vintage and upcycled textile business that has pivoted to provide critical aid to Navajo Nation during COVID-19. Want to be featured? Submit yourself or a friend here.  This episode was recorded in February 2020, before theSkimm started working from home because of COVID-19.
May 13, 2020
BONUS EPISODE with Kaylin Marcotte, founder and CEO of JIGGY
Welcome to a special bonus episode of Skimm’d from the Couch with a focus on small businesses. We’re talking to small business founder and CEO Kaylin Marcotte, who turned her nightly routine of puzzling into a business, JIGGY. And she was also employee number one at theSkimm.   In this episode, Kaylin tells us how she turned her idea from a hobby into a business, what it’s like to become the boss, and why it’s important to prioritize your time as a first-time founder.
May 07, 2020
Laura Prepon, actress and director: “People are going to tell you no. That cannot deter you.”
Whether you’ve seen her as Donna on That ‘70s Show or as Alex on Orange Is The New Black, chances are Laura Prepon has been on your radar for years. But becoming a famous actress and director took serious hustle and determination. Laura sat down with us this week to talk about where that hustle comes from, and how she taps into her inner strength when she faces a setback.  In this episode, Laura shares why she pushed herself to learn to direct (11:59), how she handles being told to “stay in her lane” (18:20), and why we need to cut ourselves some slack right now (28:15). Stay tuned at the end to learn about Frame, a female-founded mental wellness platform that makes it easier to connect with therapists - both digitally and in-person (when COVID-19 guidelines allow). Frame’s mission is to change the way people think about therapy.  Want to be featured? Submit yourself or a friend here. 
May 06, 2020
Adriana Cisneros, CEO of Cisneros: "I think when you have a crisis... it is kind of a unique opportunity to really think about what matters to the core of [a] business and rethink it.”
Right now, it’s hard to think about what will happen next week, let alone next year. Enter Adriana Cisneros, the CEO of Cisneros, who told us she’s always thinking 50 years into the future. At a minimum. This week, she sat down with us to talk about why thinking (really) big picture is integral to her leadership style, especially in times of change.  In this episode, Adriana shares what it’s like to balance personal and professional relationships in a family business (12:03), how she thinks about restructuring companies (16:43), and why companies need to lead by example during times of instability (26:04).
Apr 22, 2020
Ratana Stephens, CEO of Nature’s Path: “When it comes to business and people, I'm a lioness.”
Ratana Stephens has always been fiercely loyal to her instincts and her employees. This week, she walked us through how she and her husband built Nature’s Path from a local food favorite into a global enterprise. And why investing in her employees has been the key to creating a sustainable business.  In this episode, Ratana shares how she brings empathy into the workplace (5:48), why common sense should not be overlooked (10:54), and what it’s really like to start a business with your spouse (19:01).
Apr 15, 2020
Meg Whitman, CEO of Quibi: “Leadership in crisis is about getting down into the trenches.”
Meg Whitman is a three-time tech CEO (think: she’s been in charge of eBay, HP, and now, Quibi). So she’s had experience leading a team through times of crisis before. This week, she told us how her past experiences have made her a “situational” leader. And how she’s applying those lessons to launching a new business during COVID-19.   In this episode, Meg shares how she’s being there for her employees as they all WFH (8:56), why you need to ask questions to get ahead (10:13), and what it’s like to launch her newest venture during a global pandemic (29:46).
Apr 08, 2020
Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook: “Resilience… it’s like a muscle, which means you build it.”
As one of the most prominent tech executives in the world, Sheryl Sandberg’s professional and personal experiences have taught her how to be resilient. Even in the most difficult circumstances. This week, she sat down with us to talk about navigating the uncertainty of COVID-19, and how to have perspective even when it feels overwhelming.  In this episode, Sheryl shares how to rally a team through hard times (10:39), her advice for building resilience at work and at home (14:15), and why it’s important to show emotion in the workplace (17:14). Plus, hear her best work from home tips and what TV show she’s binge-watching at home. 
Apr 01, 2020
Glennon Doyle, author: “Untame the companies.”
What happens when we actually listen to our gut? Bestselling author and activist Glennon Doyle is no stranger to having deeply honest conversations with herself. And she sat down with Danielle this week to talk about her newest memoir, Untamed. She told us what happened when she freed herself of expectations others had for her. And how her life changed when she listened to her own inner voice.  Plus, hear from surprise guests including Glennon’s sister, Amanda, and her wife (and Olympian) Abby Wambach.  In this episode, Glennon shares what she learned about honesty from recovery circles (6:36), why companies should encourage “untamed” meetings (18:16), and what happens when we stop trying to please everyone (33:04).
Mar 25, 2020
Annie Lawless, founder of Lawless Beauty and co-founder of Suja Juice: “When you take an investment, it's like a marriage.”
Annie Lawless is the founder of not one - but two - successful businesses. She started her career as the co-founder of Suja Juice, one of the largest organic juice companies in the country. Now, she’s building a clean makeup empire with Lawless Beauty. Annie has become an expert in two different industries, and she gave us her tips on how to break into a new field.  In this episode, Annie shares how she turns her anxiety into productivity (15:03), why you don’t need a business plan to start a business (17:40), and her advice on navigating partnerships (23:03).
Mar 18, 2020
Karlie Kloss, model and founder, Kode with Klossy: “You have to realize your limits.”
Karlie Kloss is one of the most famous supermodels in the world. And she’s also an entrepreneur. She is the founder of Kode with Klossy, a free coding boot camp for girls across America. This week she joined us on the couch to discuss how her own curiosity drives every aspect of her career, from being a runway model to a role model.  In this episode, Karlie shares how she overcame imposter syndrome (17:22), why her definition of mentorship has changed (25:40), and her tips for avoiding burnout (27:01).  For the young women in your life who are interested in learning how to code, Kode with Klossy applications are now live for applicants aged 13-18.
Mar 11, 2020
Lydia Fenet, auctioneer and Global Director at Christie’s Auction House: “I realized I was making a third of what everyone else was making.”
Note to self: always bring a gavel to future meetings. Lydia Fenet always has one in her purse. She’s the Global Director for Strategic Partnerships at Christie’s, and the company’s lead benefit auctioneer. Even if you can’t carry a gavel around, she sat down with us to tell us how to apply our own “strike method” and command a room.   In this episode, Lydia shares how to start networking, even when you don’t know anyone in your industry (7:29), how she collects herself before a big negotiation (23:40), and how to get your boss invested in your career (24:52).
Mar 04, 2020
Gretchen Carlson: “When you decide to jump off a cliff like that, you have no idea what's going to happen.”
This week, we sat down with someone who knows a thing or two about making tough career decisions. As a career journalist, Gretchen Carlson has also become an advocate for equality and dignity in the workplace after she sued the former Fox News chairman, Roger Ailes, in 2016. Her bombshell lawsuit ignited national conversations about sexual harassment and has inspired her advocacy work. Most recently, she’s been fighting the use of mandatory NDAs through her new organization, Lift Our Voices.  In this episode, Gretchen shares how she developed discipline early in her career (6:26), why she made the decision to “jump off a cliff” (17:44), and her advice for handling criticism (28:01).  
Feb 26, 2020
Lo Bosworth, founder and CEO of Love Wellness: “My body could just not manage the stress anymore.”
We feel like we know Lauren “Lo” Bosworth because we watched her grow up on television. But in the decade that’s passed since The Hills, she has also made a name for herself as an entrepreneur. She is the founder and CEO of Love Wellness, a company that makes clean personal-care products for women. And she’s got a lot of advice about how to make decisions and pivot your career.    In this episode, Lo shares why she exercises caution on social media (8:32), how her health struggles inspired her to start her company (16:56), and her advice about how to learn from failure (26:58).
Feb 19, 2020
Erica Williams Simon, entrepreneur and author: “The only way out of feeling stuck is to move.”
Erica Williams Simon is a writer, host, and the CEO of Sage House media. Her new book reveals how she re-wrote her life story and shares how you can do the same. She walked us through how she makes tough decisions, starting with how she quit a perfect-on-paper job and moved across the country.   In this episode, Erica shares how she learned to ask meaningful questions (4:12), how to manage the financial risk of leaving a job (14:47), and the art of crafting your story (20:02).
Feb 12, 2020
Coach Monica Aldama from Cheer: “Sometimes I have to mat-talk myself.”
If the phrase ‘mat talk’ means nothing to you, it’s time to watch Cheer on Netflix. This week, we sat down with the fearless leader of Navarro College Cheerleading, Coach Monica aka the Queen. She’s one of the most successful college coaches, with 14 national championships under her belt. And we want her to run our lives.  In this episode, Monica shares how she holds her athletes accountable (12:42), why she applies her business background to coaching (18:40), and the latest on a potential season two (32:39).
Feb 05, 2020
Amanda Hesser, CEO of Food52: “When push comes to shove... skillset doesn’t matter. It’s the trust in the relationship.”
If you’re looking for some dinner inspiration, look no further than Food52. And this week, we sat down with its co-founder and CEO, Amanda Hesser. She’s had some of our dream jobs, including apprenticing in kitchens across Europe and writing about food for The New York Times. In this episode, she reveals how she turned her passion for cooking and writing into a company. Episode highlights: Amanda shares how she learned to trust her gut (8:57), why she struggled in corporate environments (11:34), and how she acts on feedback from the Food52 community (22:40). 
Jan 29, 2020
Shiza Shahid, co-founder of the Malala Fund: “My friends were sneaking out to parties and I was sneaking out to protests.”
Growing up in Islamabad, Shiza Shahid became interested in activism. And that interest propelled her to start the global nonprofit, the Malala Fund. Eight years (and Malala's Nobel Peace Prize) later, Shiza continues to make an impact through her angel fund and her line of sustainable cookware.  In this episode, Shiza shares why she created a secret summer camp for girls in Pakistan (11:17), her reaction when Malala won the Nobel Peace Prize (16:44), and her advice for employees looking to create change in the workplace (28:42).
Jan 22, 2020
Kate Upton, model and founder, Strong4Me: “You are your only advocate.”
You probably know Kate Upton as a model and actress. She’s also a mother and businesswoman. Kate started working when she was 15, and achieved her success by putting in 16-hour workdays and challenging industry conventions.  In this episode, Kate tells us how she learned to ignore her critics (16:20), what she wrote in a letter to Anna Wintour (18:13), and why she came forward with her own experiences with harassment on set (20:25).  Note: This episode contains details about sexual harassment that may be triggering for some listeners.
Jan 15, 2020
Ambassador Samantha Power: “My main motto is lean on."
Before serving as US Ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power was a scholar, activist, and journalist. Tune in to hear how she built her career around her belief system. And how she managed up when those beliefs were challenged.   In this episode, Ambassador Power tells us what she learned from her parents’ failed marriage (9:41), how to disagree with your boss (24:53), and shares her journey with fertility while working nonstop in the White House (30:03).  Her new memoir, The Education of an Idealist, is available now.
Jan 08, 2020
Missy Robbins, chef and restaurant owner: “I was working six days a week and mostly 12 to 14 hour days… when you're in it, you don't realize that it's not healthy.”
Missy Robbins is the chef and owner of Lilia and Misi restaurants in Brooklyn, NY and the co-founder of Grovehouse Hospitality. She sat down with us to share what it’s like to rise through the ranks of the restaurant business. Think: more Chef’s Table, less Monica from Friends.  In this episode, Missy reveals how she recognized signs of burnout (20:07), why she embraced an unlikely partnership (25:59), and shares her ultimate comfort food (39:03).
Dec 18, 2019
LIVE with Kathleen King, founder of Tate’s Bake Shop: “Anger, bitterness, as you go on in life, you realize they're choices.”
We’re obsessed with Tate’s Bake Shop cookies at Skimm HQ. So we were thrilled to speak to its founder, Kathleen King, on this week’s episode. Tune in to hear how she built her cookie empire, and why the road to her success wasn’t always so sweet.  In this special live episode, King tell us about what she learned from her family’s farm (2:18), how to build an effective team (31:55), and shares how her success was born from failure (14:30).  This episode was recorded at theSkimm’s Celebrate Smarter pop-up in New York City. Shop in-store or online.
Dec 11, 2019
Danica Patrick, former professional racecar driver: “I am coachable. Whatever it is, tell me. Because I want to do better.”
Danica Patrick first made a name for herself on the male-dominated racetrack and became one of the most recognizable female athletes in the world. While she may have retired from racing, she now has a podcast, book, and winery. So, she's far from slowing down.   In this episode, Danica tells us about handling fame at a young age (13:21), making friends on the circuit (16:38), and how she traded racing for the business world (26:01).
Dec 04, 2019
Ambassador Susan Rice: “If you're not able to make the people who you're leading feel valued ... then you're going to lose them.”
Ambassador Susan Rice is no stranger to high pressure situations and public scrutiny. Her career in foreign policy was shaped by strong relationships, steadfast resolve, and a healthy dose of tough love. In this episode, Ambassador Rice tell us about learning from a famous mentor (12:15), persevering through public criticism (27:48), and shares her best advice for navigating political disagreements at the Thanksgiving table (34:40).
Nov 27, 2019
LIVE with Misha Nonoo, fashion designer: “I was like, screw it. It’s all coming apart and I may as well do it all at once.”
With a sustainable mission and a made-to-order business model, Misha Nonoo’s namesake clothing brand has upended the fashion industry. But in order to innovate, she first had to shut down and start over.  In this live episode, Misha shares how her hardest moments became her most creative (20:54), the importance of supply chain sustainability (28:03), and the underrated value of uniform dressing (31:11).
Nov 20, 2019
Amy Shecter, CEO of Glamsquad: “You have to read signs... And you can't just push for what you want.”
Amy Shecter is the CEO of Glamsquad, a beauty and technology company that’s a Skimm HQ favorite and offers on-demand, at-home beauty services. Amy’s leadership roles have spanned marketing to executive management. While her career trajectory hasn’t always fit into a clearly defined box, she’s paved a path pivoting skills to find success.  On this episode, Amy discusses how to give hard feedback to your boss (12:09), what it’s like to translate vision into tactics (14:30), and shares the conversation with her daughter that changed her career (20:16).
Nov 13, 2019
Amy Nelson, Co-Founder of The Riveter: "When I got pregnant with my first daughter... I felt like the world's perception of me changed."
Amy Nelson is the co-founder of The Riveter, a company which started as a series of co-working spaces, “built by women, for everyone” and is now positioning itself as a modern membership network community.  With a firm belief that motherhood should not be an impediment to your career opportunities, Amy launched The Riveter while pregnant, has since expanded nationally to 10 locations, and is now the mother of 4 girls.  On this episode, Amy talks about the responsibility of taking on venture capital (14:07), what she considers the hardest part of building her business (19:23), and shares her take on the notion of women having it all (26:06).
Oct 30, 2019
Michelle Lee, editor-in-chief of Allure: "No matter what you do, whether you're in media or other things, learn business."
Michelle Lee is the Editor-in-Chief of Allure Magazine. She’s an early adopter of digital strategy within print publications but also a champion for diversity & wants to change the world by broadening the definition of beauty.  On this episode, Michelle discusses how the role of EIC has evolved (15:39) reveals the skills she looks for while hiring (18:01) and discloses which cover stories are closest to her heart (24:27).
Oct 23, 2019
Brittany Snow, Actress: "It's just doing the work and getting in there."
Brittany Snow is an actress, producer & director. Her breakout role was at age 12 on Guiding Light, and since then she's starred in many films including John Tucker Must Die, Someone Great, and Pitch Perfect 1, 2 and 3.  Brittany’s directorial debut, Milkshake, had its world premiere earlier this year and she is currently starring in the new FOX drama, Almost Family. On this special live episode, Brittany opens up about tapping into her inner strength (13:53), talks about the importance of not taking any short cuts (15:15), and shares how she stays motivated while playing the long game in her career (22:23) This episode of Skimm’d From the Couch is presented by Almost Family, a new drama that airs Wednesdays at 9/8c on FOX.
Oct 16, 2019
Vicky Tsai, Founder of Tatcha: "If I keep doing what I’m doing, there is a 100% chance that I’ll be unhappy. If I try something new, theres a 50% chance I’ll be unhappy."
Vicky Tsai is the founder of Tatcha Beauty Products, which will soon be celebrating its 10th anniversary. Beauty goes beyond skin-deep for Vicky, as the brand also has a strong philanthropic mission of promoting literacy and education for girls in Asia & Africa. 
In this episode, Vicky talks about how she was willing to give up her financial security (4:28),   how taking a big risk actually made perfect sense (12:08), and why she turned down acquisition & financing offers year after year as a values-driven company (27:19).

This episode of Skimm’d From the Couch is sponsored by AC Hotels by Marriott.
Oct 09, 2019
Sarah Kauss, CEO of S'well: "I thought my business idea needed to be huge. I didn't think I could just make a better water bottle."
Sarah Kauss is the founder & CEO of S'well. With a product that is beautiful, sustainable, and charitable, Sarah is on a mission to reduce single-use plastic worldwide. In this episode, Sarah talks about the characteristic she harnessed to start her company (8:23), how to shift away from viewing people in your industry as competitors (13:28), and why you can’t always keep your big idea to yourself (28:55).

 This episode of Skimm’d From the Couch is sponsored by AC Hotels by Marriott.

We're taking a break next week and will be back with an all new season of SFTC episodes beginning October 9. 
Sep 25, 2019
Jodi Kantor & Megan Twohey: "You can't have any secrets or any spinning - you just have to be completely honest with one another."
Jodi Kantor & Megan Twohey are the the Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporters who broke the news of Harvey Weinstein's sexual harassment and abuse allegations for The New York Times and the authors of the newly released book, "She Said."  In this special live episode, Megan & Jodi discuss the approach which helped them get victims on the record (5:45), how the original tip for the story surfaced (13:04) and why they believe journalism can drive social change (16:03).

This episode of Skimm’d From the Couch is sponsored by AC Hotels by Marriott.
Sep 18, 2019
Bobbi Brown: "Just because you only do one thing well doesn't mean you can't do something else."
Bobbi Brown is a beauty industry titan and a world renowned makeup artist.  She's also a best-selling author, speaker, educator & serial entrepreneur.  In this episode, Bobbi explains how an elevator meeting became a serendipitous moment for her product (10:35), what it means to be a "pusher" in management (18:00), and how she maintained a consistent brand for more than 20 years (23:30). 

This episode of Skimm’d From the Couch is sponsored by AC Hotels by Marriott.
Sep 11, 2019
Wendy Kopp, Founder of Teach for America: "I ... was just searching for something that would make a meaningful difference."
Wendy Kopp founded Teach for America in 1989, which leveraged recent college grads against educational inequity in the US. Applying that same model globally, she founded Teach for All in 2007. Wendy has been recognized as one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People & was awarded the presidential citizens medal for her work. On the couch, Wendy talks about how to sustain passion in a career that has spanned 30 years (12:40 ) and why inexperience can actually be a strength (23:53)

This episode of Skimm’d From the Couch is sponsored by AC Hotels by Marriott. 
Sep 04, 2019
Jen Rubio, co-founder of Away: "When you learn how to navigate a cofounder relationship, you become better at every relationship."
Jen Rubio is the co-founder of Away, the suitcases you see absolutely everywhere. Jen and her co-founder, Stephanie Korey, started Away in 2015, raising $31 million in seed financing, making it one of the highest-funded female-backed startups. On the couch, Jen gives her tips on mastering a co-founder relationship (17:35) and how they launched their brand before even having a product (20:07).

This episode of Skimm’d From the Couch is sponsored by AC Hotels by Marriott. 
Aug 28, 2019
Marie Forleo: “If you don't do everything in your power to market the friggin' heck out of it, you are stealing from those who need you."
Marie Forleo is an author and entrepreneur who has built one of the fastest growing companies in the country. She’s the founder of MarieTV and B-School, a digital educational program that develops mission-driven entrepreneurs and has helped 44,000 graduates. Her new book Everything is Figureoutable comes out on September 10th and is available now for pre-order
On the couch, Marie explains why she quit her first job on Wall Street to pursue her passion, even when it meant choosing between that and a steady paycheck (6:52). She shares how her journey to confidence came from disciplines as wide ranging as publishing, to bartending, to dance (15:30) and told us the one thing that makes her tell entrepreneurs to, “wake the eff up” (22:09).
This episode of Skimm’d From the Couch is sponsored by AC Hotels by Marriott. 

Aug 21, 2019
Mel Robbins: "In every mistake... look for the message."
Mel Robbins is an entrepreneur, best-selling author, and one of the most highly paid and booked female speakers in the world. You may know her from her infamous TED Talk and her 5 Second Rule. Up next, she’ll host her own daytime talk show The Mel Robbins Show which premieres September 9th. Check your local listings for where to watch. 
On the couch, Mel describes her journey of going from $800,000 in debt to becoming the multi-disciplinary entrepreneur she is today. She shares the practical strategies she uses every day, from the science behind the 5 second rule (3:05), to finding the “message in the mess” (13:05), asking for the right salary (22:00), and turning anxiety into excitement (33:30). 

Aug 14, 2019
Ann Curry: "I'm a big believer in using setbacks and difficulties as fuel."
Ann Curry is an award-winning journalist, anchor and producer. She got her start in TV back in the 1970s and has been on our screens ever since. For NBC, she reported from war zones, natural disasters, human rights’ tragedies for 25 years. Her 2012 departure from “Today” was filled with tears and rumors about what happened behind the scenes. In 2015, she left NBC and now executive producers her own shows, including her latest, Chasing the Cure, which launches August 8th on TNT and TBS. 
On the Couch, we talked with Ann about why her grit helped her prove her worth to sexist colleagues back in the day (4:30), the promise about work she and her husband made to each other (8:20), how her new live TV project wants to crowdsource cures (10:30) and why she finds it tough to talk about leaving NBC (21:00). 
Aug 07, 2019
Leah Busque Solivan, Founder of TaskRabbit: "I would look at everything in my life and question, like, "Is there a solution here?"
Leah Busque Solivan is an engineer and entrepreneur. In 2008, she became a rising star of the gig economy when she quit her job at IBM to found TaskRabbit, the mobile and online marketplace that hooks you up with people to help with everything from picking up your laundry to building your furniture. 
She sold her baby to IKEA in 2017 and now she’s using her expertise to help other startups as a general partner at the venture capital firm, Fuel Capital. On the Couch, Leah talks to us about how she hired her first 30 Task Rabbits, why it was hard for her t celebrate success, what pushed her to the edge and how she helps new entrepreneurs learn from their mistakes.
Jul 30, 2019
Dr. Leana Wen: “Turn pain into passion and purpose”
Last week, Planned Parenthood’s former president, Dr. Leana Wen, parted ways with the organization. After just eight months on the job. But even before she took the helm at PP, Dr. Wen was a rising star in the public health sphere. She was Baltimore’s Health Commissioner, an ER physician, and wrote a book calling for more transparency in medicine - all before she was 35. We sat down with Dr. Wen a week before she and PP parted ways. On the Couch, she talks to us about how she developed the drive to overcome huge obstacles in her childhood and start college at the age of 13 (6:30), how to find and keep mentors (8:50), and how she’s dealt with haters throughout her fast-track career in medicine and public health (17:00). Listen and subscribe to get in on it. 
Jul 23, 2019
LIVE FROM THE TOUR with Carly and Danielle: “If you want something, you have to be the one to fight for it.”
ICYMI, we wrote a book: How to Skimm Your Life. ( It’s all about making it easier to navigate allll tricky parts being an adult. From reading a wine list. To negotiating a raise. And then: we took the book on tour. In ten cities across the US, amazing moderators flipped the script and asked us the questions. We had so much fun that we decided to share it with you. Here’s our conversation with Ashley Graham, in our hometown: New York City. We'll be back next week with fresh new episodes from the Couch.
Jul 17, 2019
Tina Sharkey, Co-Founder of Brandless: “I don’t think that luck happens. I think you create luck.”
Tina Sharkey is the powerhouse behind Brandless, the direct-to-consumer company that’s all about community. But before she started Brandless with her cofounder, she spent her career building communities online for major companies like AOL and Johnson & Johnson. Tina’s also been on the investing side and has helped out in tons of startups … including ours. Thanks, Tina. On the Couch, she talks to us about how her family taught her hustle (3:51), how she thinks about mentorship (10:18), and why she decided to step down as CEO in March (25:00). 
PS: Our book – "How To Skimm Your Life" – is finally out. Get it here:
Jun 26, 2019
Sarah Larson Levey, CEO of Y7 Studio: “There’s no good time to start.”
ICYMI, we’re on tour for “How To Skimm Your Life” ( While we’re away, here’s a quick chat we had with Sarah Larson Levey. She’s the co-founder and CEO of Y7 Studio, the yoga company she founded with her now-husband in 2013. Back then, she worked in fashion full-time. And their studio was a small weekend pop-up in Brooklyn. Now, she’s built it into a national chain. On the Couch, she talks to us about turning her side hustle into a main hustle (3:00), working with her husband (8:31), and scaling her brand (11:45). We’ll be back next week with more “Skimm’d from the Couch.” 
Jun 19, 2019
Eileen Fisher: “I’m always listening to people.”
Eileen Fisher started her career as an interior and graphic designer. But that changed in the 80s. Eileen took a trip to Japan, where the kimono inspired her to start her own fashion brand. With no experience in clothing design. It’s worked out for her: These days, she’s the woman behind – you guessed it – Eileen Fisher. On the Couch, she talks to us about how she started her business (4:15), growing her company as an introvert (9:20), and why her company doesn’t have your average leadership structure (15:30).
PS: Our book is (finally) out. It covers allll the most important parts of being an adult, like negotiating your salary, saving for retirement, and reading a wine list. Get it here:
Jun 12, 2019
Valerie Jarrett, former Sr. Advisor to President Obama: “Compartmentalizing” is key
Valerie Jarrett started her career as a corporate lawyer. But in the late 80s, she made a change and headed to work in the mayor’s office in her hometown of Chicago. That’s where Valerie hired a young Michelle Robinson. Who you might know now as former First Lady Michelle Obama. Fast forward a few years, and Valerie is now the longest-serving Senior Advisor to the President in history. And in 2016, she was the guest on our first-ever Facebook Live. Guess which one is higher on her resume. On the Couch, she talks to us about her new book (2:04), how to advocate for women at work (9:52), and what it’s like to challenge your boss … when he’s the president of the United States (30:45). 

PS: Our Skimm Reads this week is “Every Tool’s a Hammer” by Adam Savage aka the star of “Mythbusters.” The book is all about the metaphorical tools he’s put in his toolbox in his 40-plus years as a creative. Add it to your toolbox (shopping cart) here:
Jun 05, 2019
Erika Nardini, CEO of Barstool Sports: “The job should scare you.”
Erika Nardini has spent her career growing and marketing brands, heading up big-name companies like Microsoft, Yahoo!, and AOL. She was living in Boston when a tiny sports publication called Barstool Sports got started. And Erika became a superfan. So when she got the chance to come on board as Barstool’s CEO in 2016, she didn’t hesitate to take it. Even though it was controversial. On the Couch, she talks to us about dealing with criticism, being the boss of her company’s founder, and leading a company where she’s not the target demographic.

PS: Our Skimm Reads this week is … us. In case you haven’t heard, we wrote a book. It’s basically a crash course in adulting. If you haven’t pre-ordered it yet, what are you waiting for? Get it here.
May 29, 2019
LIVE with Hannah Bronfman: “Focus on myself”
Hannah Bronfman knows a thing or two about hustle. She’s been a professional DJ, the cofounder of an app, and an author. And now, she’s the founder of the lifestyle brand HBFIT. One of our favorite bullet points on her resume: she’s one of the moderators on our book tour. On this episode, she talks to us about where she got her entrepreneurial spirit (8:45) and how she makes sure she’s taking care of herself (20:24). Plus she takes a few questions from our LIVE audience (26:00).

PS: Our Skimm Reads this week is … us. In case you haven’t heard, we wrote a book. It’s basically a crash course in adulting. We cover everything from your finances to the right wine pairings. If you haven’t pre-ordered it yet, what are you waiting for? Get it here. 
May 22, 2019
Poppy Harlow, CNN anchor: “I’ve learned how to say no”
Poppy Harlow is an anchor on CNN Newsroom. She’s the host of the podcast Boss Files, where she talks to badass leaders about how they made it to the top. She’s interviewed everyone from Warren Buffett… to Jay Z. And if that wasn’t enough, Poppy’s also a mom of two. On the Couch, she talks to us about how having kids made her more efficient at work (8:00), why she chose journalism (14:03), and that time she interviewed a sitting Supreme Court Justice… while wearing a diaper (22:29). And she takes a call from a very special guest.
PS: We’ve been thinking about money a lot at Skimm HQ. Lucky for us, our good friend and adviser Alexa von Tobel wrote a book about it. It’s called “Financially Forward,” and it’s this week’s Skimm Reads. Get it here
May 15, 2019
Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini: “Persistence wins”
Both Christina Applegate and Linda Cardellini started their careers when they were really young. Christina shot her first commercial before she could walk and talk. And Linda’s first big role was in college, on “Freaks and Geeks.” They’ve been everywhere since then. But if you’ve logged into Netflix in the last week, you might know that they’re now co-starring on Dead to Me. It’s a new series that’s part comedy. Part tragedy. And allll binge-worthy. On the Couch, Christina and Linda talk to us about how Time’s Up has changed the way they negotiate and how they handle not getting a callback. Plus they take a few questions from our live studio audience. 
PS: This week’s Skimm Reads is brought to you by … our team. They recommended “Grit” by Angela Duckworth. It’s all about how success takes hustle and, yes, grit. Get it here.
May 08, 2019
Joi Gordon, CEO of Dress for Success: “Find your purpose and your passion.”
Joi Gordon is the CEO of Dress for Success. That’s the nonprofit that provides low-income women clothing and career counseling to help them succeed in their careers. But she didn’t start there. Joi got her start as a lawyer and volunteered at Dress for Success on the side. Not long after that, she switched over full time. And she’s spent the last 20 years growing the nonprofit from one storefront in NYC … to a global entity. On the Couch, she talks to us about why she gave up her law career (6:00), what she looks for when hiring full-time employees (10:50), and the key to convincing people to get on your side (14:25). 
PS: This week, we’re getting our focus on with Oprah’s new book, “The Path Made Clear.” Get it here
May 01, 2019
Shilpa Shah and Karla Gallardo, co-founders of Cuyana: “They have to inspire you every day”
Shilpa Shah and Karla Gallardo are the co-founders of Cuyana, the fashion brand that’s all about “fewer, better things.” Aka high-quality clothes and bags at a price that doesn’t hurt your wallet. Shilpa spent the first part of her career building web and mobile apps for Fortune 500 companies. Karla grew up in Ecuador and had a quick career in finance before she and Shilpa met at business school. And decided to start Cuyana together. It paid off. Earlier this year, they closed their Series C round of funding. On the Couch, they talk to us about how to find a cofounder (7:00) and why fundraising is so hard (19:33). Plus we put them to a cofounder compatibility test that a VC gave us way back when (30:52).

PS: The spring refresh has officially hit our bookshelves. We’re adding “The Hill to Die On” by Jake Sherman and Anna Palmer to our list. Get it here. 
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Apr 24, 2019
Chelsea Handler: “Instinct is everything."
It’s Stress Awareness Month. Chelsea Handler has been working on managing hers. You know Chelsea as the comedian … turned late-night host … turned Netflix documentarian … turned activist and advocate. And she just became a 5-time best-selling author with her new book “Life Will Be the Death of Me … And You, Too!” – which came out the day we recorded this episode.  Chelsea is a long-time friend of theSkimm and one of our earliest investors. On the Couch, she talks to us about what led to her latest shift, going with her gut, and navigating criticism. Which she’s very familiar with. 
Apr 17, 2019
Tracy Sun, Cofounder and SVP of New Markets at Poshmark: “Failure’s kind of like a hike. When you’re doing it, it really sucks.”
Tracy Sun is an expert at making big changes in her career. She started off as a neuroscience researcher. Casual. But then she decided to follow her passion for fashion and business. Throughout her career, she’s helped start – and grow – several companies. Today, she’s the founder and Senior VP of New Markets at Poshmark, the platform that helps 40 million people buy and sell their clothes and accessories online. One of us is a superfan. On the couch, Tracy talks to us about finding a cofounder, managing a team through the failure of her first business, and not being afraid of the things she doesn’t know.
PS: What we’re reading this week: NBC correspondent Jean Chatzky’s new book, “Women with Money: The Judgment-Free Guide to Creating the Joyful, Less Stressed, Purposeful (and, Yes, Rich) Life You Deserve.” Get it here.
Apr 10, 2019
LIVE with Sarah Goldberg, actress: “Imposter syndrome is real."
Sarah Goldberg has been passionate about acting since she was a little kid. She got her first big break at the Young Vic Theatre in London, but eventually made the switch from the stage to the screen. Now you know her as Sally on HBO’s “Barry,” the show about an ex-marine-turned-hitman who decides to make a career transition. To acting. On the show, Sarah stars alongside some of the greats: Bill Hader and Henry Winkler. On this episode of “Skimm’d from the Couch” – live from HBO’s Inspiration Room – she talks to us about being 45 minutes late to her audition for “Barry”, what it’s like to work with Stefon and the Fonz every day, and dealing with imposter syndrome
Apr 03, 2019
LIVE with Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD: “Storytelling is a bridge-builder.”
Sarah Kate Ellis started her career in the magazine industry, where she helped launch and revitalize major media brands at outlets like InStyle, Vogue, and New York Magazine. Now, she’s the President and CEO of GLAAD. Translation: she’s an expert at using storytelling to shape coverage of the LGBTQ community in media and entertainment. On this episode, recorded live in HBO’s Inspiration Room in NYC, Sarah Kate talks to us about the challenges of leading an activist organization, the GLAAD Media Awards, and writing a book about the time she and her wife were pregnant at the same time. 
Mar 27, 2019
Arlan Hamilton, Founder of Backstage Capital: “It’s not a sob story that gets you the check.”
Arlan Hamilton started her career in the music industry, working with artists like Jason Derulo, Toni Braxton, and CeeLo Green. But in 2015, she took a look at Silicon Valley and saw a major lack of diversity there. So she decided to change it. Casual. Arlan started her venture firm Backstage Capital to invest in startups led by underrepresented founders. It wasn’t always easy (think: sleeping at the San Francisco airport while she built her business). But it paid off. Backstage Capital has invested nearly 5 million dollars into startups led by women, minorities, and members of the LGBTQ community. On this LIVE episode, Arlan talks to us about speaking up, taking risks, and getting inside the door… as an outsider.
PS: After we recorded our interview with Arlan, Axios reported that Backstage Capital has run into trouble raising money for their most recent fund, and that the firm is shifting focus to its accelerator program. Arlan told us in an email Tuesday that Backstage is still working on the fund, and “will continue to until it's raised.” 
Mar 20, 2019
Katia Beauchamp, Co-founder and CEO of Birchbox: “You just have to swing for the home run.”
Katia Beauchamp started her career in finance. But after a few years, she decided that she didn’t feel challenged. So Katia switched gears … and went to Harvard Business School. Casual. That’s where she met her cofounder, Hayley Barna. And together, they launched Birchbox, the subscription company that helps people discover new beauty products. Since Katia and Hayley launched it in 2010, the company has grown and changed a lot: they’ve earned two and a half million active subscribers. They were acquired by one of their investors. And Hayley decided to leave in 2015. Katia has stayed on board as CEO. On the couch, she talks to us about learning to lead on her own, working through a complicated pregnancy, and the time she cold-emailed Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. And got a response. 
Mar 13, 2019
Rebecca Jarvis, ABC News correspondent: “Right now” is the last time she negotiated for herself.
Rebecca Jarvis grew up with two passions: journalism and econ. As a teenager, she was even a reporter for a local kids’ program in Minnesota. But after college, Rebecca decided to go into finance. Years later, she got back to journalism. Today, she’s the Chief Business, Tech, and Economics Correspondent at ABC News. On the couch, she talks to us about the time she was on “The Apprentice”, how she made the switch from finance to journalism, and what she looks for in candidates now.
PS: Rebecca has her own podcast, No Limits with Rebecca Jarvis, where she interviews female entrepreneurs about what it takes to build their business empires. After this episode, check it out -- because Rebecca’s interviewing US this week. 
Mar 06, 2019
Bonus: Meet ‘Skimm This’
If you like hearing from us once a week, how about audio from theSkimm every day? Our daily news podcast, ‘Skimm This,’ launches on Monday. Every weekday, we’re breaking down the most important stories of the day and explaining why they matter. Search ‘Skimm This’ and subscribe. You won’t want to miss it.
Mar 01, 2019
Peggy Johnson, EVP of Business Development at Microsoft: “Not listening” is the biggest mistake people make when negotiating
You might’ve noticed that we’ve been talking about money lately at theSkimm. A big part of money 101: knowing how to negotiate. Peggy Johnson’s an expert. She’s the EVP of business development at Microsoft. Translation: she drives strategic partnerships for the company … and negotiates. A lot. Peggy’s been running the show since 2014. She’s an avid runner, and she’s been known to carry out negotiations with sneakers on. While running. Before Microsoft, she spent almost 25 years working her way up the ladder at Qualcomm. On the couch, she talks to us about maintaining business relationships, standing out as an introvert, and playing to her strengths at the negotiation table.
Feb 27, 2019
Anu Duggal and Sutian Dong, Partners of Female Founders Fund: “Investors want to hear what drives you.”
Anu Duggal and Sutian Dong are the partners of Female Founders Fund, where they invest in tech companies started by women. Anu began her career as an entrepreneur -- including starting India’s first wine bar, and an e-commerce company. Sutian came from the investing side of things. In 2014, Anu decided to launch Female Founders Fund. A couple years later, she brought Sutian on as a partner. Together, they’ve invested in companies like Thrive Global and Rent the Runway. On the Couch, they talk to us about what makes a great cold email, the companies in their shadow portfolios, and why they’re so focused on building communities for female founders.
Feb 20, 2019
Amber Venz Box, Co-founder and President of RewardStyle: “[Find] the yin to your yang.”
Valentine’s Day is coming up. And Amber Venz Box knows a thing or two about making relationships work … at work. She’s the president of RewardStyle -- the company she founded with her then-boyfriend, now-husband Baxter. Amber started out as a personal shopper. But she realized that people were buying the products she recommended on her blog on their own … and cutting her out of a commission. So in 2011, Amber and Baxter started RewardStyle. It connects brands and influencers so both sides can benefit. In 2017, they drove over a billion dollars in sales. And launched their app, which attracted a million users in just 9 months. But building her company hasn’t been easy. On the Couch, she talks to us about being an introverted leader, how to network, and what it’s like to build a business with your SO.  
Feb 13, 2019
Rebecca Minkoff: “Dammit, drag another seat up.”
New York Fashion Week kicks off this week. So we sat down with Rebecca Minkoff -- the co-founder and creative director of, you guessed it, Rebecca Minkoff, LLC. That’s the fashion brand she started in 2005 with her brother. Since then, their company has been a leader in shaping the future of fashion: Rebecca Minkoff was one of the first fashion brands to engage with their customers through social media and influencers. But she hasn’t stopped there. In 2018, Rebecca launched the Female Founder Collective to support and invest in women-led businesses. At this LIVE power breakfast, she talks to us about taking risks, going to couples therapy with her brother-slash-cofounder, and supporting other women in the workplace.
Feb 06, 2019
Arielle Charnas, founder of Something Navy: “The feedback is how I built my business.”
Arielle Charnas is the super influencer behind the style blog-turned-brand Something Navy. Arielle started the blog in 2009, when she was just 22 years old. And since then, she’s gained a following of more than a million people. Last year, she launched her brand with Nordstrom… which was so popular that it crashed the site. Now, she’s rolling out more and more collections with the retailer. On the couch, she talks to us about being her own boss, choosing the right opportunities, and building a team.
Jan 30, 2019
Jillian Michaels: “Find a ‘why’”
New Skimm’d from the Couch. We’re starting off the year with the queen of motivation, Jillian Michaels. You might remember Jillian from her role as a trainer on the hit NBC show, “The Biggest Loser,” or from her fitness DVDs. But you might not know that she also built a wellness empire, including an exercise streaming platform, and her award-winning fitness app. Jillian’s also a best-selling author, with a brand-new book out: “The 6 Keys: Unlock Your Genetic Potential for Ageless Strength, Health, and Beauty.” On the couch, she talks to us about how she motivates herself, leading by example, and making long-term resolutions...that you can actually keep. Get ready to be inspired.
Jan 23, 2019
Alexa von Tobel, Founder and CEO of LearnVest: “You’re good. I promise. Go to sleep.”
When Alexa von Tobel graduated college, she still had a lot of q’s about how to manage her cash. So she did what anyone would: wrote a 75-page business plan. And took it to Harvard Business School. Casual. But within a semester, she decided to drop out and start her business for real. Enter: LearnVest, the company that makes financial resources more accessible for everyone. In 2015, LearnVest was acquired by Northwestern Mutual. And now, Alexa has responsibilities at both companies. On the couch, she talks to us about dropping out of business school, why she has two executive coaches, and going through an acquisition...while 9 months pregnant.
Dec 19, 2018
Samantha Barry, editor-in-chief of Glamour: “This isn’t baseball; I’m gonna cry.”
Samantha Barry grew up in Ireland. And she always knew news was the path for her. Sam started out her career as a researcher, and then became an international reporter. Her reporting took her around the world, where she started to see the power of social media. She took that realization and went on to help major news organizations build out their social media presences. We’re talking huge names like BBC and CNN. Now, she’s the editor in chief of Glamour. Anna Wintour has called her Glamour’s first digital-native it’s no surprise that Sam’s taking the magazine entirely online. On the couch, she talks to us about being fearless, making changes at an established company, and the three ways she negotiates for herself.
Dec 12, 2018
Martha Stewart: "Look for a void."
Our guest this week is the one and only Martha Stewart. Growing up, she had a knack for all things lifestyle: cooking, gardening and sewing. But after college, she decided to follow a different path. To Wall Street. Martha eventually took the business skills she learned there...and used them to build an empire of her own. There have been bumps along the way. But now, she’s the Chief Creative Officer of Sequential Brands Group, where she oversees everything from the Martha Stewart Living Magazine to her cooking show with Snoop Dogg. We had a lot of questions, too. On the couch, she talks to us about her very first side hustle, how she got her company started, and what she’s like as a manager.
Dec 05, 2018
Beth Comstock, first female Vice Chair of GE: “Tell me one thing I don’t want to hear.”
Beth Comstock is the first female vice chair of GE. But before that, she built a career in communications at companies like CBS, CNN, and NBCUniversal. At NBC, Beth helped launch one of your favorite binge-ing sites: Hulu. And she kept working her way up the ranks. All the way to becoming the first female Vice Chair of GE. Most recently -- Beth wrote a book about courage, creativity, and making change. It’s called “Imagine it Forward.” On the couch, she talks to us about what a vice chair actually is, why she took the job nobody else wanted, and what it means to be an introverted leader.
Nov 28, 2018
Lauren Bush Lauren: “[I tell my team] I’m struggling with this specific question. What is your take?”
Lauren Bush Lauren has diplomacy in her blood. Former President George HW Bush is her grandfather, and President George W Bush is her uncle. But Lauren has built a legacy all her own. She’s the CEO and co-founder of FEED Projects, the company that sells products like bags and accessories...and uses the sales to help distribute food all around the world. Lauren came up with the idea in college while working with the UN. Flash forward a few years, and FEED has donated more than 100 million meals to people in need. On the couch, Lauren talks to us about asking for advice, taking maternity leave, and starting a company -- without any other job experience.
Nov 21, 2018
Barbara Corcoran: “Can you take less?”
We're baaaack. With vino. And Barbara Corcoran. You know Barbara as one of the sharks on “Shark Tank.” But the show is just one part of her story. After college, Barbara took a job as a teacher. She quit after a year and moved on to waitressing. A little while after that, she started her own real estate business...and turned it into a multi-million dollar empire. She sold it in the early 2000s. Since then, she’s been using her money to help other entrepreneurs get their ideas off the ground at "Shark Tank," and on her own podcast, “Business Unusual.” On the couch, she talks to us about  the 22 jobs she had by age 23, the loan that helped her make it big, and how to negotiate.
Nov 14, 2018
Jennifer Palmieri, Former White House Communications Director: “If you act like you belong in the room, people think you do.”
Midterm elections are in T minus 6 days. Politicians are trying to convince you to hire them. And behind every a communications director helping them get the word out. So we brought in two of them to talk to us about how they do their jobs -- and how they made it to the top of the political game.  Episode 2: Jennifer Palmieri. Jennifer has a long history in politics, starting when she interned for then-Senator Leon Panetta (D-CA) in college (Panetta was later President Bill Clinton’s chief of staff). Later, Jennifer got into the White House herself. And she became President Barack Obama’s communications director. After that, she was the head of comms for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. Now she’s also an author. Her new book is all about stories and advice for the next generation of female leaders. On the couch, she talks to us about crying at work, supporting her female colleagues, and managing up...when your boss is the president.
Oct 31, 2018
AshLee Strong, National Press Secretary for House Speaker Paul Ryan: “[The worst advice I ever got] Stay in your lane.”
Midterm elections are in T minus 6 days. Politicians are trying to convince you to hire them. And behind every a communications director helping them get the word out. So we brought in two of them to talk to us about how they do their jobs -- and how they made it to the top of the political game. Episode 1: AshLee Strong. AshLee has worked in communications roles all over Washington, from the House of Representatives, to the Senate, to the White House. She was even the senior communications director for Governor Scott Walker’s (R-WI) 2016 presidential run. These days, she’s the national press secretary for one of the most powerful Republicans in the country: House Speaker Paul Ryan. On the couch, she talks to us about what a comms director actually is, how she created a network in Washington, and what it’s like to disagree with your boss...when he’s the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Oct 31, 2018
Sylvia Acevedo, CEO of Girl Scouts: “I didn’t know who Shawn Mendes was. Big mistake.”
When Sylvia Acevedo was 7 years old, she was a Girl Scout. One night, her troop leader caught her looking up at the stars...and encouraged her to pursue that interest. Sylvia took that advice. And became a rocket scientist at NASA right out of college. Eventually, she switched tracks and went down the business-leadership path. She’s been a leader at companies like Dell, Apple, and IBM, and she even worked for the White House. But since 2016, Sylvia has been the CEO of Girl Scouts, where she’s helped build out the Scouts’ alumni network, and introduced new badges and programming around STEM. And yes, she’s earned her science badge along the way. On the couch, she talks to us about being a servant leader, investing in herself, and being cookie sales and beyond.
Oct 24, 2018
Katie Couric: “Say yes to everything.”
Katie Couric is one of the most recognized faces in journalism today. You’re probably one of the millions of people who have tuned in to one of Katie’s shows over the years, whether that was “Getting There” with us at theSkimm, the TODAY Show, or the CBS Evening News. Which -- by the way -- made her the first solo female anchor of a major nightly news broadcast. But that’s not where her story starts: Katie started out by interning at local news stations in high school. And after college, she worked as a desk assistant. The rest is history. On the couch, she talks to us about her most memorable interviews, being persistent, and getting told she’d never make it on air.
Oct 19, 2018
Tory Burch: “Be prepared to thicken your skin.”
Tory Burch is the founder, chairman, and CEO of … Tory Burch. You know her as the woman (and the name) behind so many of your favorite clothes. But way before she created those iconic Reva flats, she built a career in fashion PR, working for designers like Ralph Lauren and Vera Wang. Tory eventually made the switch from PR… to designing her own clothes, and running her own business. That was 2004. These days, her clothes are sold in more than 250 Tory Burch stores and over 3,000 department and specialty stores around the world. In 2009, she launched the Tory Burch Foundation to help empower female entrepreneurs. And now, she’s got a brand new initiative to help get out the vote. On the couch, she talks to us about how to negotiate, her Oprah moment, and taking negative feedback when your brand is your name.  
Oct 17, 2018
Taraji P Henson: “I thought that meant I couldn’t act.”
You might know Taraji P Henson as Cookie on “Empire,” or from her roles in movies like “Hustle and Flow” and “Hidden Figures.” But you might not know the rest of Taraji’s story. She’s always wanted to be an actor. But she didn’t take her passion seriously until she flunked out of precalculus in college. After school, she moved to Los Angeles to chase her dreams -- with just $700 in her pocket. And she made it happen. Now, Taraji’s using her voice to create change in a new way. She started the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation to tackle the stigma around mental health in the African American community. On the couch, she talks to us about rejection, not giving into fear, and what it’s like to negotiate in a quickly-changing Hollywood.
Oct 10, 2018
Nancy Brinker, founder of the Susan G Komen Foundation: “Start with the end in mind.”
Nancy Brinker started the Susan G Komen Foundation in 1982 after her sister was diagnosed with breast cancer. Back then, she had just $200 and a list of potential donors. Now, it’s one of the largest cancer charities in the world. In the 40 years since the organization got started, Nancy and the foundation have raised $3 billion to help fund cancer research. On the couch, she talks to us about starting the Susan G Komen Foundation, motivating a team, and taking breast cancer from a taboo subject… to a national cause.
Oct 03, 2018
Christina Tosi, Founder and CEO of Milk Bar: “I dare you to work longer, and harder, and faster than me.”
Christina Tosi started baking at home with her family. And after going to college for applied mathematics, she decided to get back to those baking roots. She went to culinary school and worked in a few different restaurants around NYC. Eventually, Christina landed at Momofuku – where she started the franchise’s first bakery, Milk Bar. She serves as its founder and CEO. Today, the bakery has expanded all across North America, and it’s earned Christina a spot on the show “MasterChef.” On the couch, she talks to us about finding mentors, thriving under pressure, and baking as stress relief.
Sep 26, 2018
Susan Lyne, President and Founder of BBG Ventures: “Don’t say yes or no in the room.”
Susan Lyne’s career isn’t easy to Skimm. She grew up in Boston, and after going to college for a while, decided to skip school and get straight into her career. Susan was a journalist. Then she switched into entertainment, and even started her own magazine. Since then, she’s been an exec at major companies like Gilt, AOL, Martha Stewart, and ABC. Meaning, yes, you can thank her for “Grey’s Anatomy.” In 2014, Susan made another change: she started her own venture capital firm to invest in companies with female founders. It’s called BBG – Built By Girls. On the couch, she talks to us about networking (cough, stalking) your way to the career you want, prioritizing your time, and why introverts make great leaders.
Sep 19, 2018
Kat Cole, President and COO of FOCUS Brands: “I’ve had my team put in jail.”
Kat Cole started her career as a waitress at Hooters. At first, she was just helping out her family. But in her second year of college, she decided to turn that side hustle...into her main hustle. So she went to work at Hooters corporate instead of graduating. And at 20 years old, she was helping the company open franchises all over the world. A couple years later, Kat became a VP at the company. Eventually, she got a business degree and took over at Cinnabon, where she helped grow the biz to a billion-dollar brand. Now she’s the President and COO of FOCUS brands, aka the parent co of companies like Cinnabon and Auntie Anne’s Pretzels. On the couch, she talks to us about addressing negative feedback, choosing to go to business school without a BA, and “the brutal leadership mirror”. We’ll let her explain.
Sep 12, 2018
Margaret Brennan, moderator of 'Face the Nation': “It’s like cramming for an exam.”
Margaret Brennan is the moderator of “Face the Nation” and a senior correspondent for CBS. But she didn’t always plan to be a journalist. At first, Margaret thought she wanted to be a diplomat, so she studied foreign affairs, the Mideast -- she even learned Arabic. But then she interned at CNN in college. And decided journalism was the path for her. Since then, she’s covered business news for CNBC and Bloomberg TV. At CBS, she’s covered everything from nuclear negotiations to US tensions with North Korea. On the couch, we flip the script and ask Margaret the questions. She talks to us about what it’s like to cover Washington, thinking through maternity leave, and the responsibility to cheer on younger women.  
Sep 05, 2018
Arianna Huffington: She cut out “Game of Thrones” for 8 hours of sleep.
You know Arianna Huffington as the woman who put the Huffington in The Huffington Post. But she’s got a lot more on her resume. Including ‘best-selling author’ and ‘ran for office.’ But in 2007, after working 18-hour days, she collapsed in her office. And decided it was time to focus on herself more. Enter: Thrive Global. Aka the company Arianna started to help people reset, recharge, and get a lot more sleep. On the couch, Arianna talks to us about being a proud outfit repeater, the time she interviewed Skimm B for a job, and putting your phone to bed. Literally.
Aug 15, 2018
Michele Promaulayko, Editor in Chief of Cosmopolitan: “I’m incredibly immature.”
Michele Promaulayko fell in love with magazines as a teenager. Since then, she’s gone from dreaming about building a career in publishing, working at places like Women’s Health and Yahoo Health. Today, she’s the editor in chief of Cosmopolitan. Meaning teenage Michele is very happy. Oh, and she’s trained in transcendental meditation, too. NBD. On the couch, she talks to us about when male models ruled the world, managing up, and navigating how her industry has changed over the years.
Aug 08, 2018
Founder Chat: Getting dad-vice
Growing this B was not easy. Translation: we ask our family for advice all the time. In this episode, we talk to our dads about some of the things that we’ve learned from them along the way. And we play a game. It's inspired by the new Netflix dramedy "Like Father," about a father-daughter relationship. Listen in here.
Aug 02, 2018
Melanie Whelan, CEO of SoulCycle: “Chief Weed Officer” -- on her bad habits. Not the kind you’re thinking, promise.
Melanie has a personal rule for herself: if she hears about something three times, from three different people, she has to try it. That rule has led her to new books, restaurants, and… SoulCycle. Which she did while she was a VP at Equinox. Melanie eventually came on as Soul’s COO, and helped grow the biz from a few NYC more than 80 around the world. Now, she’s the company’s CEO. And yes, she taps it back multiple times every week. On the couch, she talks to us about taking over a community she didn’t create, managing instructors’ brands within SoulCycle’s, and having a millennial mentor.
Aug 01, 2018
Katrina Lake, co-founder and CEO of Stitch Fix: “Mini bottles of wine in hotel coffee cups.”
Katrina Lake spent the first part of her career watching other entrepreneurs pitch their companies to her VC firm. But then she decided she wanted to try it out herself. So she went to Harvard Business School and started her own company. Today, you know it as the multibillion-dollar online styling service Stitch Fix. And when she took Stitch Fix public in 2017, Katrina became the youngest woman to lead a company to IPO. Ever. NBD. On the couch, she talks to us about deciding to go to business school, hiring and managing a team, and not taking her dad’s advice.
Jul 25, 2018
Mindy Grossman, President and CEO of Weight Watchers: “[I look for] cool, curious, and connected [when I hire].”
Mindy Grossman graduated college at 20 and was on her way to law school. But then she changed her mind – so she broke her engagement, packed her bags, and moved to New York City. Luckily, that gamble worked out: today, she’s on Forbes’ list of the most powerful women in the world. Over her career, Mindy’s headed up companies like Chaps Ralph Lauren, the Home Shopping Network, and NIke. In 2017, she took her talents to Weight Watchers. On the couch, she talks to us about building teams, giving tough feedback, and stalking your business idols – politely. Oh yeah, and what it’s like to disagree with Oprah in the boardroom. 
Jul 18, 2018
Tyler Haney, Founder and CEO of Outdoor Voices: “All I wanted was comfortable clothes to sweat in.”
Tyler Haney is the CEO and founder of Outdoor Voices. Today, you know OV as one of your favorite brands to wear to the gym...or to walk your dog around the block. Tyler got the idea for her company when she was on a jog. Since then, she’s grown it into a multi-million dollar national brand. And this week, Tyler is our guest on the couch. She talks to us about turning an investor's no into a yes, learning from mentors, and hiring passionate people. Leggings, on.
Jul 11, 2018
Shan-Lyn Ma, founder and CEO of Zola: "I've always known that I would love to start my own company at some point."
Our guest this week is Shan-Lyn Ma. She started her company Zola in 2013, after she realized that buying wedding gifts is fun for...pretty much nobody. Flash forward to now, and hundreds of thousands of people use Zola to register and shop for wedding gifts every year. On the couch, Shan-Lyn talks to us about building her team, not taking no for an answer, and convincing male investors to take Zola seriously.
Jul 04, 2018
Ariel Kaye, Founder and CEO of Parachute: “No one is as invested in the business as you.”
Ariel Kaye's career in home goods started out as a side hustle. But in 2013, she decided to leave a stable career in advertising and turn that side hustle... into her main hustle. She called it Parachute. These days, if you're like us, you might go to sleep and wake up in Ariel’s products every day. On the couch, Ariel talks to us about staying zen, using her advertising background to grow her brand, and making sure her employees have time for themselves. Oh, and big news: the day we released this episode, Parachute announced that they received $30 million in Series C funding.  
Jun 27, 2018
Linnea Roberts: Founder and CEO of Gingerbread Capital
Our guest this week is Linnea Roberts. She’s the founder and CEO of Gingerbread Capital, the venture capital firm she started after she ‘flunked’ retirement. Inspired by her mom Ginger, her company is all about investing in female-founded companies. Including theSkimm (thanks, Linnea). On the couch, she talks to us about making it in the finance world, finding a support system, and (figuratively) winning an Academy Award.
Jun 20, 2018
Founder Chat: Learning How To Manage
On the couch, Gregg Renfrew talked to us about being a manager. And how it’s not exactly her favorite thing to do. We can relate. Figuring out how to manage people was something we had to learn along the way. This week, we’re answering some of our go-to interview questions about management mistakes, bad advice, and how we made failure a part of our company culture.
Jun 14, 2018
Gregg Renfrew: Founder and CEO of Beautycounter
Gregg Renfrew is all about side hustles. On her resume: everything from starting a cleaning company in launching a biz to make dress shopping less awful for bridesmaids. These days, she’s the founder and CEO of Beautycounter. Aka the company that makes beauty and skincare products, minus all the harmful chemicals. On the couch, she talks to us about tapping into the female millennial community, learning how to be a manager, and trusting her gut.
Jun 13, 2018
Founder Chat: Cash Money 101
This week at theSkimm is all about your wallet. On the couch, Hope Taitz talked to us about how women can control their own controlling their cash money. Also happening this week: intern season. On this episode, we answer money q’s from our interns, like the difference between rounds of funding, WTF ‘diversifying revenue’ means, and when to take risks with your paycheck.
Jun 07, 2018
Hope Taitz: CEO and Managing Partner of ELY Capital
This week at theSkimm we're talking about your wallet. So our guest on the couch is CEO and Managing Partner of ELY Capital Hope Taitz. Hope invests in consumer tech – including theSkimm – and she’s got a rep for being no-BS in the boardroom. She talks to us about controlling your own purse strings, raising her kids to be courageous, and making sure maternity leave policies work for everyone. Oh, and the ELY in ELY Capital? It stands for ‘Elmo Loves You’. She'll explain why.
Jun 06, 2018
Founder Chat: You v. You
This week, Christie Hefner talked to us about her time at Playboy. And all the ‘WTF moments’ that come with being in charge of a company at 29 years old. Here are our tips on how to move up at work and how to hit snooze on imposter syndrome.
May 31, 2018
Christie Hefner: Former CEO and Chairman of Playboy Enterprises
Christie Hefner is the daughter of, you guessed it, Hugh Hefner. She spent 20 years as chairman and CEO of Playboy. Making her the longest-serving female in that position. Ever. This week, she talks to us about taking Playboy digital, making management decisions, and getting over imposter syndrome – all while working alongside her dad.
May 30, 2018
Founder Chat: Using Your Superpower
Melissa Ben-Ishay built a brand using her superpowers. This week, we're talking about how to use your own and how to build a brand around your passion. Without getting tired of it. Cape, on.
May 24, 2018
Melissa Ben-Ishay: Founder and Chief Product Officer of Baked by Melissa
This week’s guest puts the Melissa in Baked by Melissa. Melissa Ben-Ishay started her company when she was just 24 years old. And built it from a bite-sized storefront in a nationwide e-commerce business. She talks to us about getting fired, working side-by-side with her brother, leveraging her superpowers, and all things cupcakes, of course.
May 23, 2018
Founder Chat: Working with Women
Our guests this week – Today Show's Hoda Kotb, Savannah Guthrie, and Libby Leist – work prettttty closely together. We're sharing our tips on how to find the Hoda to your Savannah. And how to share success with the women on your team. 
May 17, 2018
Hoda Kotb, Savannah Guthrie, and Libby Leist from NBC's Today Show
Hoda, Savannah, and Libby are the all-female dream team of morning TV. Hear them talk about making history at NBC, getting nervous before big interviews, and why there's way more than one path to success in life. PS: Hoda had to leave halfway through to, you know, host another hour of TV. NBD. 
May 16, 2018
Founder Chat: Crying at Work
Joanna Coles says she doesn't cry at the office. But for some of us, it's kind of a thing. We're sharing some tips we've learned to keep it on the down low.
Apr 12, 2018
Joanna Coles: Chief Content Officer of Hearst Magazines
We're ending our first season with a force of nature, Joanna Coles. She’s the Chief Content Officer of Hearst Magazines. And author of “Love Rules: How to Find a Real Relationship in a Digital World.” She talks to us about why it’s more fun being in charge, what makes her feel insecure, and how apps have changed the dating world. Check it out, and we’ll be back with more soon. 
Apr 11, 2018
Founder Chat: Making a Career Change
Things we can relate to: choosing the wrong major, wanting to change careers, not having the “right" experience for a new job. Today, we’re talking about how to sell yourself in order to make a career leap. 
Apr 05, 2018
Payal Kadakia: Founder and Executive Chairman of ClassPass
ClassPass is a monthly fitness subscription service in over 50 cities worldwide. But this is no overnight success story. Founder and Executive Chairman Payal Kadakia talks to us about the versions of the brand that failed, and how it evolved into what we know today. In case that wasn't enough, she's also the Founder and Artistic Director of Sa Dance Company. Because hustle.
Apr 04, 2018
Founder Chat: Turning Your Side Hustle into a Business
Meet our Bonus Episodes. Every Thursday, Carly and Danielle will answer your career questions, share their stories, and give you tips for finding success. Listen through to the end to find out how to be featured in the next ep. Our first one is about turning your side hustle into a business. Check it out. 
Mar 29, 2018
Sara Blakely: Founder and CEO of Spanx
Pinch us, please. We sat down with Sara Blakely, aka the no. 1 person we’ve looked up to since the day we started theSkimm. She’s the Founder and CEO of Spanx – the billion-dollar shapewear company that she built off an idea and $5,000 in savings. She also started the Sara Blakely Foundation to help women in education, entrepreneurship, and the arts. Oh and very recently, she joined us as a minority investor of theSkimm. As we said, pinch us. 
Mar 28, 2018
Jenny Fleiss: Co-Founder of Rent the Runway, Co-Founder/CEO of Code Eight
This week, we’re talking to Jenny Fleiss. She co-founded Rent the Runway – the company that lets you rent designer outfits without having to drop some serious cash. She’s now the co-founder and CEO of Walmart’s tech incubator, Code Eight. Jenny talked to us about everything from being risk adverse to her worst day of work.
Mar 21, 2018
Nancy Dubuc: CEO of Vice Media, Former President and CEO of A+E Networks
Our guest this week is making headlines. She just stepped down as President and CEO of A+E Networks. And is taking over as the CEO of Vice Media. Nancy's been on Fortune's 50 Most Powerful Women in Business and Hollywood Reporter's Power 100 List. She talked with us about her management style, her opinions on business school, and why her bathroom is her biggest work perk. 
Mar 14, 2018
Leandra Medine: Founder of Man Repeller
Leandra Medine started her popular fashion website – Man Repeller – as a junior in college. She's a staple on Forbes' 30 Under 30 List. Is the author of "Man Repeller: Seeking Love. Finding Overalls." And provides daily entertainment to her audience through her blog and social media. Today, she opens up to us about self-doubt, the struggles of running a business, and what outfit screams 'I'm having a bad day.' 
Mar 07, 2018
Sallie Krawcheck: Co-Founder and CEO of Ellevest - Episode 004
Warning: This episode may cause mild to severe inspiration. This week, we're sitting down with a legend in the finance world, Sallie Krawcheck. She's the co-founder and CEO of Ellevest, the digital platform working to close the gender investing gap. Before that, she had top jobs at Citigroup and Merrill Lynch. She's also the author of "Own It: The Power of Women At Work." She talks with us about working in a man's world, why women lag behind financially, and getting fired. Twice. 
Feb 28, 2018
Reshma Saujani: Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code
Get ready to be inspired. Today's guest is Reshma Saujani, Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code – the non-profit working to close the gender gap in technology. Before starting Girls Who Code, Reshma was the first Indian-American woman to run for Congress. She's also the author of multiple books, including "Women Who Don't Wait in Line." We had a no BS conversation with her about today's economy, growing up with immigrant parents, and the jobs you take to pay off student loans. 
Feb 21, 2018
Tina Brown: Editor, Author, and Founder/CEO of Tina Brown Live Media
Tina Brown made her name as the legendary editor of Vanity Fair. Now, she's the Founder and CEO of Tina Brown Live Media, which puts on the annual Women in the World Summit. She's also the author of the recently released book "The Vanity Fair Diaries." This week, Tina talks to us about imposter syndrome, working with Harvey Weinstein, and her fascination with Ivanka Trump. It's a must-listen.
Feb 14, 2018
Whitney Wolfe Herd: Founder and CEO of Bumble
For the very first episode, Carly and Danielle sit down with Whitney Wolfe Herd. She's the founder and CEO of Bumble – the dating app that lets women make the first move. The company has since expanded into Bumble BFF and Bumble Bizz. Today, Whitney talks to us about the fallout after leaving Tinder, why it's good to fail, and what inspired her to build something of her own. 
Feb 06, 2018
Available Now: Skimm'd from The Couch
You know the brands – Spanx, Vanity Fair, Girls Who Code. Listen to Skimm’d from The Couch every Wednesday to get to know the women behind them.
Feb 06, 2018