Emily Vaca is the founder of MINNIDIP and La Vaca Design House, a non-toxic inflatable pool design that she self-funded and spent over two years working on before officially launching! Her company is family-run, ethically sourced, and operated in her hometown of Chicago. Tune in to learn more about how she started her design company, manufactured and launched the first designer inflatable pool, and her advice for creative female entrepreneurs who want to self-fund their business.
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Marcela Sapone is not only the co-founder of an innovative and groundbreaking company but she has also made the elusive Forbes 30 Under 30 list! Marcela is the co-founder and CEO of Alfred, a company with a mission to create universal utilities in every home. Marcela has led the company since 2014 and under her leadership, Alfred has grown to serve more than 135,000 residents across the US and Canada. Marcela has also prioritized Alfred to be at the front of fair wage compensation with all service workers. She talked to us about what it is like to lead such a fast-growing company why she hired every employee as a W-2 and her advice for women in the tech industries.
Creating a meaningful business that celebrates mothers across the country is the exact mission Melissa Clayton set out to achieve when she left corporate America and started Tiny Tags. Tiny Tags is an online jewelry store that designs and creates fine, personalized jewelry. Clayton left her secure CPA job in order to pursue entrepreneurship and has now turned her dreams into a multimillion-dollar business. Tune in to learn about her jump from CPA to female founder, why strategic retail partnerships are crucial for sustained growth, and her advice for female entrepreneurs starting out!
Female founder Alison Cayne started the popular cooking brand, Haven’s Sauce- yes the aesthetic sauce pouches you always see in Whole Foods! Alison founded her company in 2018 as a creative way to change the way people feel about cooking and make it more approachable. Their sauce pouches are globally-inspired and featured in over 2,000 stores nationwide! A powerhouse in the packaged and food world. Alison Cayne shares her insight into building a passion-filled brand, how the pandemic changed her business, how she got into whole-foods and why it is crucial to think about the problem your target consumer has and how you are solving it!
Andrea Del a Torre, Founder of Baby Sleep Answers Monetizing your passion and growing a business from side hustle to multi-figure is the goal for many female entrepreneurs. Andrea Del a Torre is the perfect example of monetizing her passion – her company Baby Sleep Answers teaches parents how to better understand their baby’s sleep
Sarah Zapp, a successful journalist, and female entrepreneur, founded Beyond Board to raise board diversification and emphasize thought leadership. Her mission is to foster peer-to-peer networking and reinvent the recruiting process in order to increase diversity and leadership. Her journey began as an award-winning journalist and through her career has grown a network of today’s brightest leaders that she hosts events with at Beyond Board.
Valentina Berger is a Broadway industry veteran with experience in press work for shows like Spiderman Turn Off The Dark. She founded and ran GO Broadway, an accredited theater program that focuses on bringing shows and lessons to clients worldwide. Over the past decade, she’s produced hundreds of theater workshops in-person and online for over 15,000 students connecting Broadway’s best teacher and theater-makers to students worldwide. Her recent production of Rent in Argentina was the first Broadway show licensed internationally by MTI for live streaming.
Katrina Markoff is the founder and CEO of Vosges, a chocolate brand with a mission to share quality, meaningful food with the world. She began her chocolatier internship in Spain under the direction of Ferran and Albert Adria of the famed El Bulli, where she began to understand that food was a medium for transformative visceral experiences. At the encouragement of Ferran she set out on a quest directed by the signs to identify her path and reason for being in the world of good, meaningful food and embarked on a trip around the world.
Hillary Schafer is the female CEO of one of the longest-running nonprofits in the USA – Multiplying Good. Multiplying Good focuses on elevating public service as a means to empower individuals. Prior to joining Multiplying Good in September 2013, Hillary Schafer worked on Wall Street for 12 years. She was head of US Institutional Equity Sales in New York for Citigroup, and Hillary was one of the highest-ranking women in the equity business.
How do you run one of the largest PR firms in the world, set standards for the industry, and continue to innovate and expand? Kathy Bloomgarden joins us this week on the podcast to tell us about her career journey and running a global PR agency her father started in 1948! Under Dr. Bloomgarden’s leadership, Ruder Finn opened up one of the first global communication offices in China over 25 years ago, growing to eight offices in the region.
Inna Braverman is a female business leader with a bold mission to create change through wave energy. She is the founder of Eco Wave Power, the leading onshore wave energy company that turns waves into green energy! Her accolades include the UN Global Climate Action Award and being named one of the “Females Changing the World” by Wired Magazine.
This week, the female COO of Bloomreach, Christina Augustine joined the Badass CEO podcast to talk about reaching a C-Suite position and how important mentors are. She’s a leading thinker in e-commerce and has been a manager at Bain & Company, focused on technology, retail, and strategy prior to joining Bloomreach in 2011. Christina’s an experienced computer programmer, who has concentrated on onsite search, merchandising, and payment. She will share how her technology expertise is important in arming clients with the tools needed to compete in a demanding market.
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