040 - Innovating in personal care with Virtue Labs CEO Melisse Shaban
Sonia is back from Amsterdam! Colleen meets Karen Okonkwo, the Co-Founder of TONL—the destination for premiere diverse stock photos. Then, Colleen interviews Melisse Shaban, the Founder & CEO at Virtue Labs, a biotech company creating products to repair hair. Our hosts wrap with a Cutting Edge conversation about the correlation between a company’s ROI in building diverse teams and the larger cultural importance of diversity.
Guests: Karen Okonkwo, Melisse Shaban
039 - Fixing Gender Inequality in the Workplace with Candour Founder Ruchika Tulshyan
Our hosts kick off the show with a conversation about Black History Month. Colleen chats with Nancy McSharry Jensen, the CEO and Co-founder at The Swing Shift—the destination for women in career transition. Sonia interviews Ruchika Tulshyan, the CEO and Founder of Candour, an inclusion strategy organization. Live on Microsoft’s campus, they discuss Ruchika’s book, The Diversity Advantage. The show wraps with a conversation about Pixar’s new short film, Purl.
Guests: Nancy McSharry Jensen, Ruchika Tulshyan
038 - Designing alongside excluded communities with Mismatch.design Founder Kat Holmes
Sonia and Colleen share progress on their new YouTube show, Microsoft Unboxed. Colleen chats with Founder and Chairman of the Board of the Nuevo Foundation, Beatris Mendez Gandica about her work to inspire kids to be curious, confident, and courageous by discovering the world of STEM. Our hosts interview the Founder of Mismatch.design and the Author of Mismatch: How Inclusion Shapes Design, Kat Holmes. The show wraps with a conversation about The Wing’s updated admissions policy.
Guests: Beatris Mendez Gandica, Kat Holmes
037 - Bring Your Human to Work with Workplace Strategist Erica Keswin
Our hosts kick off the show with rave reviews about the multi-level marketing investigative podcast, The Dream. Then, Sonia and Colleen play a round of Persist the Game with creators MaryBeth Pecha and Kathryn Ekloff. Sonia interviews bestselling author, workplace strategist, and Founder of The Spaghetti Project, Erica Keswin. Our hosts wrap with a conversation about entrepreneur Alexa von Tobel’s $200M capital raise.
Guests: Kathryn Eckloff, MaryBeth Pecha, Erica Keswin
036 - Exploring privilege and patenting with Mobile Device Architect Ginger Chien
Sonia and Colleen kick off 2019 by sharing their New Year’s resolutions. Our hosts chat with Edaena Salinas, the host of The Women in Tech Show podcast, about her show origins and how she sources great guests. Sonia interviews Mobile Device Architect, D&I Speaker, Rock Musician, Storyteller, and Science Wonk Ginger Chien about serial patenting and her commitment to greater workplace inclusion. Our hosts wrap the show with a look at how onscreen demographic trends translate at the Box Office.
Guests: Edaena Salinas, Ginger Chien
035 - Crowdfunding Beanie Babies with Girls’ Night In CEO Alisha Ramos
Sonia delivers a weekend debrief on ALPFA’s fundraising gala. We hear from Female Founder School Co-Founders Katie Doherty and Brittney Riley about their work to empower early stage founders with the skills and community to build successful companies. Colleen interviews Alisha Ramos, the Founder and CEO of Girls’ Night In, a community of women who’d rather stay in tonight. Our hosts wrap up with a conversation about Michelle Obama’s book tour comments on the strategy of leaning in.
034 - Shaping legacies with Tracie Group CEO Jill Tracie Nichols
Sonia recaps Dona Sarkar’s latest book, Spin Your Tale: The Fiction Writer’s Guide to Your Personal Brand. Colleen learns more about the Association of Latino Professionals For America (ALPFA) from local Seattle leaders Carlos Ruiz and Lester Moses. Guest host Pamela Soberman interviews CEO of the Tracie Group and former Microsoft Chief of Staff to the CEO, Jill Tracie Nichols. Our hosts wrap the show with a conversation about how Britain’s Equal Pay Day highlighted the gender pay gap.
033 - Incorporating Inclusion Riders with Annenberg Inclusion Initiative Founder Dr. Stacy Smith
Colleen shares a debrief on her experience enrolling in a Dale Carnegie Immersion Seminar. Sonia connects with Microsoft employees Kristin Carr and Briana Roberts about Returnity, a program to support mothers reentering the workplace. Colleen interviews Dr. Stacy Smith, the founder and director of the Annenberg Inclusion Initiative and the originator of the concept of an inclusion rider. Our hosts take a look at how brands celebrated International Day of the Girl.
Guests: Dr. Stacy Smith, Kristin Carr, Briana Roberts