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Welcome to the Badass CEO

Our mission is to help you succeed in launching your business, running your company, and crushing your goals.  Our community helps female entrepreneurs learn from each other and grow their brands. It's never been a better time to be a Badass CEO:

  • The number of female-owned businesses in the United States has doubled in the past 20 years
  • 40% of U.S. businesses are women owned
  • Women-led businesses in the United States generate over $1.8 trillion annually


Mimi MacLean

My name is Mimi MacLean, mom of 5, entrepreneur, Business School Grad, CPA, and angel investor. I am here to help you make your business a success.

Throughout my career and personal life I have met many incredible women who have founded businesses, disrupted industries, persevered through struggles, and turned opportunities into successes. I started the Badass CEO to help entrepreneurs learn from each other. You will learn business strategies, invaluable lessons, tipping points, and what it takes to start and run a company?directly from inspiring female founders and CEOs.


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The Badass CEO Podcast

What it takes to become and continue to be a Badass CEO. Learn the motivation and tools to follow your dreams and make it happen.

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The Latest Episodes

Angela Scott founded her oxford shoe company to prove women did not have to wear six-inch heels to feel empowered in the workforce, thereby changing the landscape of female footwear. On the brand’s 10th year anniversary, The Office of Angela Scott remains dedicated to the empowerment of women and girls. It recently announced a pledge in honor of the brand’s anniversary to donate a million dollars over the next 10 years to female centric organizations.Celebrating its tenth anniversary, The Office of Angela Scott has established itself as the bespoke, fashion-forward, go-to brand for women and A-listers alike who want all the style of an oxford married with comfort.

Female Footwear and Combining Style with Comfort with Angela Scott

Are you an artist but can’t apply your creative talent to starting your own business or business? Jody’s podcast is for you! Jody Levy is a partner, advisor, and investor in many category-disrupting brands and companies connected to the clean living, wellness lifestyle space that empowers people to take care of themselves and optimize their happiness and purpose. She’s an artist, designer, serial entrepreneur, executive, and investor who is the shining example of why you don’t have to do ONE thing if you love the process. She talks us through her multiple businesses, including WTRMLN WTR and the Milk Cleanse, and how she balances it all.

Serial Entrepreneurship and How She Does It All with Jody Levy

From Blueprint Cleanse to Medicinal Mushroom Beverage company, Zoe Sakoutis and Erica Hass created yet another wellness business, using their know how to look at the white space industry and go for it. They started the juice cleanse craze and ultimately sold The Blueprint Cleanse. Both Zoe and Erica are continuously learning and consider themselves wellness gurus, and they once again saw white space in the medicinal mushroom industry, Earth and Star.

A New Wellness Business for Erica Hass and Zoe Sakoutis

Heather Thomson adored reality star from Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New York is in real life a serial entrepreneur. One of her ventures, Beyond Fresh offers an organic supplement line focused on science, whole foods, and superfoods. Heather is a mother of two, podcast host, entrepreneur, and integrative health coach! With over 25 years of experience stemming from Calvin Klein to design director of Sean Diddy Combs’ Sean John label, creative directing alongside Beyonce Knowles and Jennifer Lopez, to founding her own brand in 2008, which changed the shapewear and lifestyle game for many women internationally. When Heather sets her mind to something, you can bet she’ll see through it and then some. Just stick around and see what’s next.

Beyond Fresh, New Business for Reality Housewives’ Star, Heather Thomson

An entrepreneur’s breakthrough idea usually comes from seeing the “missing piece” in people’s day to day and finding a solution for it. Rebecca Allen’s “missing piece” resulted in ethical sourcing, focusing on the need for more inclusion and diversity in basics such as nude clothing, shoes, and accessories. Working in the financial industry, she realized how little diversity there was in high-quality nude heels (an essential for her corporate job). She felt there needed to be more inclusivity and empowerment for women of all skin colors. She set out to do this by ethical sourcing, swatching, and talking to friends & family all leading her to start her own leather high heel company that is now partnering with Nordstrom!

What Ethical Sourcing and Inclusion Looks Like In Footware Business with Rebecca Allen

Self-described serial entrepreneur, Sarah Gavigan chose to pivot in her career and follow her passion? Sarah explains how she moved from the entertainment industry to be a three-time entrepreneur and bring ramen to Nashville. Her shop Otaku Ramen is a cult favorite with multiple pop-up shops spread out throughout the Nashville area. She talks about what it takes to be a serial entrepreneur, succeed in the male-dominated food industry, and what it is like exposing the South to new cuisine and paving the way for a more diverse food culture.

Serial Entrepreneur Seriously In Love With Ramen, Otaku Ramen Chef, Sarah Gavigan

I had the privilege of speaking with a fellow Columbia University graduate and real estate CEO, Pamela Ayusa, about the 7 Pillars she used to grow her company.

Pamela Ayuso on the 7 Pillars of a Successful Business

The consumer packaged goods industry is one of the hardest industries to breakthrough. Beating the odds, entrepreneur, Michelle Retik found her niche and has built up B.A.D. Food to be the star of grain and GMO-free foods. She has been able to get into 800 retail outlets all while being an active mother of four children during a pandemic! How did she do it? She tells us everything on this episode of Badass CEO.

Breaking Into Consumer Packaged Goods with B.A.D. Food Co. Creator Michelle Retik

Struggling to be a better leader and growing your brand can sometimes come down to how effectively you’re using your voice. Executive voice coach, Melanie Espeland is an entrepreneur, and author who trains Clients in senior roles in top companies to optimize their voice and be better leaders. She talks about her entrepreneurial journey as a woman, what many executives are doing wrong and how to keep a consistent company culture.

Command Authority with Your Voice from Executive Voice Coach Melanie Espeland

Kara Goldin is the founder of Hint Water, a game-changing healthy drinks to replace to soda and flavored water. She joins us this week to talk about how she built her business and the lessons she learned along the way. She talks us through her new tell-all book Undaunted and the risks she took to launch Hint and turn it into the successful company it currently is.

Hint Water CEO, Kara Goldin An Unstoppable Entrepreneur Shares Business Success

If you have wondered what it takes to be a c-suite level executive and how to run a startup during COVID, this week’s episode is for you. Mary McGovern is the CEO of New Wave Foods, a sustainable plant-based alternative to shrimp. New Wave is revolutionizing the food industry and Mary’s 25 years of packaged goods and consumer experience has helped her run the company and prepare them to launch in stores, restaurants, and the wider food service industry.

Reaching C Suite Level with CEO of New Wave Foods, Mary McGovern

Leslie Hsu started her business Sunflow in the summer of 2020 when the world was still deep into the pandemic and she proves that with perseverance design expertise, and a strong business plan you can build a successful company during a pandemic. She lets us in on how she started her business in secret, raised money prelaunch, and seamlessly works with her husband to run Sunflow.

How Sunflow Launched Million Dollar Beach Chair Business With Founder, Leslie Hsu

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Testimonials And Reviews

What they say About The Badass CEO Podcast

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Highly Recommend!

"From a fellow mama & entrepreneur, I truly appreciate your perspective and inspiration!! Excited to listen to more episodes!"

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Inspiring and Engaging!

"Loved these interviews and how real the women are about their rise to success! I'm excited to hear who Mimi snags next!!"

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Must Listen For Entrepreneurs...

"Love the tips for budding entrepreneurs!!"

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So Great

"As the owner of a small business, this is the perfect podcast series!! I can?t wait for more episodes to come out. Such valuable information!"

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Wise Women

"It is so nice to hear candid conversations with CEOs who don?t sugar coat but are still inspiring. Nice mix of confidence and generosity. Bravo!"

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Every Future CEO Needs to Listen ASAP

"I love this podcast! As a woman aspiring to someday reach the very top, this podcast has interesting guests from all backgrounds, and sparks engaging conversation. I feel like I?m having coffee in the same room as Mimi and her guests! Highly recommend for all the boss babes out there."

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"So motivating. I love listening to this as a young woman and hope to be as successful as these women some day!"

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Just What I Needed

"I really enjoy this podcast. Mimi is very easy to listen to and extremely articulate. It?s full of information to get you pumped up and to get started on your own path to success."