Thu, 23 June 2016
Jen Kluczkowski, CEO, and co-founder of Mindfresh, joins Host Deirdre Breakenridge on Women Worldwide. Jen started her company, Mindfresh, to provide onsite and digital mindful movement experiences to improve body language, enhance emotional IQ, and increase attention spans. With a background in startup media environments and 8 years studying the philosophy of yoga, Jen leverages her experience in both worlds to make mindfulness accessible in the office environment. Today, Jen leads a growing team of 30 Mindfresh teachers in New York City and San Francisco with similar and relatable "business meets mindfulness" backgrounds.
On the show, Jen discusses her personal career journey and how chronic pain, anxiety, and fatigue led her to a lifestyle change of yoga and mindfulness. Knowing the benefits she experienced, Jen launched Mindfresh and quickly pioneered a path in organizations to help their employees who were also experiencing cycles of burnout. Jen openly shares her challenges and the education process needed for Corporate America, where a company culture of being busy and working without breaks is rewarded. Jen reinforces the benefits of meditation and mindfulness, especially when dealing with stressful situations and how you can be much more present, focused and productive at work.
A little more about Jen Kluczkowski … Jen is an 800-hour certified Jivamukti Yoga teacher and now travels annually to India to deepen her mindfulness practice. She also speaks on several topics including the tools you need to get along with difficult co-workers or clients, how to create a more joyful approach to work, and the modern wellness dialogue in the workplace.
You can connect with Jen on LinkedIn and Twitter @jenklu
Wed, 15 June 2016
Melinda Chen, the founder of Women Making Big Sales, joins Host Deirdre Breakenridge on Women Worldwide. Melinda, who is a native of Taiwan, started her sales career selling language courses for Berlitz. During her 15-year career, she has made more than 5,000 cold sales and has been responsible for more than $10,000,000+ in sales. Today she coaches female entrepreneurs on how to land these big sales with big clients. Melinda's mission is to inspire more women to take control of their businesses by going for larger clients and closing important deals.
On the show, Melinda discusses how sales professionals need to differentiate themselves from their competition. You have to know the limitations of Google and really do your sales preparation; understanding the market and the numbers. Sales today is so much more than the elevator speech. Melinda offers advice on demonstrating fresh ideas, innovative thinking and the type of intense focus to see a situation differently. When you identify the challenges of a business, having these deep insights is what makes you stand out. Melinda also shares her thoughts on the balance between giving and selling. You have to figure out in advance how much you will give away during the selling process.
A little more about Melinda Chen … Melinda specializes in sales and international business. She has established a successful career helping her clients develop new business opportunities in both North American and European markets. She has practical in-depth knowledge of cross-cultural business negotiation, she understands the diverse nature of modern business and has developed a cultural acumen that allows her to adopt different business practices for different cultures.
You can connect with Melinda on LinkedIn and Twitter @chen_melinda
Thu, 9 June 2016
Rebekah Iliff, Chief Strategy Officer, at AirPR, joins Host Deirdre Breakenridge on Women Worldwide. Previously, Rebekah was the CEO of talkTECH Communications, where she created an industry-first methodology for emerging technology companies positioning talkTECH as one of the fastest growing, launch-only PR firms in the U.S. She is also currently a columnist for Inc., and a contributing writer for Mashable, Entrepreneur, and Huffington Post.
On the show, Rebekah, who is passionate about diversity and inclusion in the workplace, shares the importance of both to an organization. Her insights on the subject range from how you can’t have one without the other, the role of leadership as mentors and how leaders can leverage a diverse and inclusive workforce. Rebekah also shares her thoughts on what women must do to get recognized in an organization from having a voice to getting more comfortable with rejection. As a business professional, Rebekah is no stranger to challenges and discusses her own growth openly and how she honed her leadership skills.
A little more about Rebekah Iliff … Rebekah speaks and writes frequently on the topic of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. She holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Loyola University Chicago, and an M.A. in Organizational Management and Applied Community Psychology from Antioch University at Los Angeles (AULA).
You can connect with Rebekah on LinkedIn and Twitter @rebekahiliff
Thu, 2 June 2016
Jessica Iclisoy, CEO and founder of California Baby, joins Host Deirdre Breakenridge on Women Worldwide. Jessica is a woman who has long been ahead of her time. It was while Jessica was pregnant with her first child more than two decades ago that she began a dive deep into research about how to live the healthiest, most natural life possible. With no intention of starting a business but driven by an absolute determination to change the status quo, Jessica found replacements for unsafe cleansing and fragrance ingredients and made what would be the first California Baby product—a calming, shampoo and body wash.
On the show, Jessica shares her story; how she never intended to start a business but was looking for a healthier lifestyle. The launch of California Baby marked a period in time when organic / natural were not a part of our vernacular. Twenty years ago, she was educating the market and branding her company as a reflection of California lifestyle and thinking, which now is very popular. Jessica discusses her thoughts on smart consumerism and how we are living in a world of toxicity. She shares tips on how to be more in tune with the chemical in our products and how to identify them quickly.
A little more about Jessica Iclisoy … Jessica single-handedly helped create the baby category in Whole Foods, and made California Baby the first natural brand to go to mass sales by selling in Target, even helping create the giant retailer’s premium category. Today, California Baby is also sold on massive e-commerce sites including Diapers.com, Amazon, and Drugstore.com.
You can connect with Jessica on LinkedIn
Thu, 26 May 2016
Carrie Kerpen, CEO and co-founder of Likeable Media, an award-winning digital content studio, joins Host Deirdre Breakenridge on Women Worldwide. Carrie is a regular podcaster, and just recently launched the 100th episode of her show, All The Social Ladies. She's a keynote speaker who discusses social media and women in business and is a regular contributor to Forbes and Inc. magazine.
As an early adopter of social media and technology, Carrie discusses the impact social media has on women and how it can be a confidence detractor. On the show, she mentions the Highlight Reel and how you can get caught up in the “best" of what people are sharing via their social channels. Viewing their success and then making comparisons to your own life and career is a confidence detractor rather than a confidence builder. Carrie points out that the Highlight Reel doesn’t present everything behind a person’s business or life; it doesn't show challenges or weaknesses. Keeping this in mind helps you to realize that the key to social media is your vulnerability and authenticity and how it's okay to ask for help. Carrie also offers her best advice on building your brand and your story; not just what you’re trying to say, but why you’re trying to communicate your narrative.
A little more about Carrie Kerpen … Carrie refers to herself as a (Non)trepreneur. The launch of her business was atypical. She married her husband and co-founder at a baseball stadium in the world's largest sponsored wedding. The wedding was a word of mouth sensation that was featured in major media outlets including the New York Times, ABC World News Tonight, and the CBS Early Show. Her company, Likeable Media was born as a result.
You can connect with Carrie on LinkedIn and on Twitter @carriekerpen
Thu, 19 May 2016
Shinta Witoyo Dhanuwardoyo (also known as Shinta Bubu), founder of Bubu.com, the leading digital media agency in Indonesia joins host Deirdre Breakenridge on Women Worldwide. Under Shinta’s direction, Bubu was acknowledged by Red Herring as one of Asia's TOP 100 Most Innovative Companies. Continuing the winning from Red Herring Asia Awards, Bubu has won the Global Red Herring Award, which was honored in the USA in Los Angeles. Bubu.com is also known for organizing a nationwide web design/digital campaign awards called Bubu Awards. Shinta has been in the Indonesia's digital industry for 20 years.
On the show, Shinta shares her start as an entrepreneur in Indonesia with a curiosity for the Internet and the World Wide Web. Although she studied Architecture, she quickly taught herself how to create websites and became a pioneer in the Indonesian digital economy. Shinta also discusses her latest venture, VC Network, which recently launched to help connect high-growth start-ups to Venture Capital firms. With no shortage of opportunities, she is helping to educate and empower women in tech. For Shinta, it doesn’t matter if you are male or female. Regardless, you have to have value and prove your worth by building your product and business. She offers advice to Women Worldwide listeners on how to achieve success through networking, learn from failure, be creative and innovative and figure out how to monetize early. Shinta is on a personal mission to put her country on the digital map as a global player. Shinta knows “an idea without execution is a hobby."
A little more about Shinta Bubu … Among her many awards, Shinta was named on the Inspiring Women Honor Roll by Forbes Magazine and Globe Asia recognized her as one of the most powerful women in tech. She is also the Head of Digital Business, e-Commerce and Startups Center at The Indonesian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (KADIN) and Board of Advisory at The Nature Conservancy in Indonesia. She was also the former Managing Partner at Nusantara Ventures, a pioneering technology venture capital fund in Indonesia aimed at helping entrepreneurs create and grow market-leading digital media companies throughout the region.
You can connect with Shinta on LinkedIn and on Twitter @shintabubu
Thu, 12 May 2016
Rachael McCrary, fashion designer and intimate apparel expert joins host Deirdre Breakenridge on Women Worldwide. Rachael is the founder of Jewel Toned, which is the first contemporary shapewear brand with a whole new generation of shapewear. Earlier in her career Rachael conceptualized and designed the first Junior's division of Maidenform. She also oversaw product development, coordinated gorilla marketing, educated the sales team on the category and raised brand awareness.
On the show, Rachael shares her start as a young entrepreneur designing T-shirts for her cousins' band and later launching a profitable mini dress company all before high school graduation. After college and spending a few years in Corporate America she launched Jewel Toned and embraced the entrepreneurial lifestyle. Rachael also discusses her thoughts on the fashion industry and body positive, helping women to feel confident and comfortable in their own skin. Wanting to take her company to the next level, Rachael is no stranger to pitching to Venture Capitalist's and claims the process is not for the faint of heart.
A little more about Rachael McCrary … Rachael realized her friends had one intimate apparel problem in common - they were feeling uncomfortable in their shapewear. Because a better option didn't exist, she created her company, Jewel Toned. The result was shapewear … not quite underwear but yet not considered outerwear. Her line of shapewear is perfect for women who make their own rules.
You can connect with Rachael on LinkedIn and Twitter @rachaelbydesign
Thu, 5 May 2016
Winnie Sun, founding partner and managing director of Sun Group Wealth Partners, joins host Deirdre Breakenridge on Women Worldwide. With more than 16 years of experience in the financial services industry, Winnie has been selected as Investment News' Twenty Women to Watch. She is frequently featured as a “top advisor” speaker at national events, is a contributor to Forbes, Fox Business, CNBC broadcast, and CBS News.
On the show, Winnie discusses how she went from a career in entertainment working on America’s Funniest Home Videos to financial wealth management and launching her own firm. Winnie has also worked on a nationwide Millennial Study focused on the spending habits of Millennials, with several surprising results and misconceptions she shares on the show. As a successful entrepreneur, Winnie points out her business and personal challenges and gives advice to business professionals on how to create success and happiness in life.
A little more about Winnie Sun … Winnie is known as the most “social” financial adviser in her industry. She has a weekly tweet chat (#WinnieSun) and she is also a podcaster. On her show, Renegade Millionaire Show” she interviews entrepreneurs, high profile CEOs, and the nation's top trailblazers in business and entertainment. As an independent advisor, Winnie is called upon to educate large corporate and nonprofit groups on planning strategies. She has been honored with invitations to the Barron’s Winner’s Circle for Top Women Financial Advisors beginning in 2006 to the present and has been coined "The Wealth Whisperer" by OC Metro Magazine's 40 under 40.
Thu, 28 April 2016
Stephanie Carls, digital lifestyle enthusiast, and video marketer joins host Deirdre Breakenridge on Women Worldwide. Named a "Twitter Powerhouse" by The Huffington Post, Stephanie shares her passion for technology and social media focusing on the ways both are changing how you live and share information. Through engaging video content, she enjoys showing how to make sense of technology so you can tap and swipe your way to a simpler and more savvy life.
On the show, Stephanie shares many interesting insights on social media and technology. She lets you in on some important video marketing strategy tips and what it truly means to be a digital lifestyle enthusiast. When it comes to being "on camera" Stephanie states, “You really have to want to do and practice makes perfect.” She recommends recording yourself and asking your closest confidants to critique your performance. Her biggest question to her inner circle, “Is the Stephanie you get on camera the same as the Stephanie who sits in a room with you?” The underlying message: You always have to be the most authentic version of yourself. Stephanie also offers advice to Millennials on how to navigate social media. Just because you think it “disappears” doesn’t really mean that post / comment / video really goes away.
A little more about Stephanie Carls … Stephanie is frequently asked to participate as a spokesperson / digital correspondent. She has enjoyed working with Cottonelle, Chevrolet (as video host for 2012 SXSW Interactive Festival), Marketwired, Nike Women, Hallmark, GoPro, Nexersys (appearing on CBS "The Doctors") and more. As a digital lifestyle enthusiast, Stephanie shares her favorite products, helps navigate new apps, and offers tech tips. With her creativity in her videos, she has even landed features in The New York Times and NBC News.
Fri, 22 April 2016
Holli Thompson, author of the book, Discover Your Nutritional Style: Your Seasonal Plan to a Healthy, Happy, and Delicious Life” joins host Deirdre Breakenridge on Women Worldwide. Holli is a Certified Holistic Health Coach and a Nutritional Health professional. She is also the founder of Nutritional Style®, a health and nutrition blog and consulting company. She has been highlighted in USA Today magazine, Kiwi Magazine, DC Modern Magazine, Washington Life, and numerous other periodicals
On the show, Holli shares her journey from never feeling well to a life of energy and good health. She was a VP at Chanel who decided to jump off the business fast track. Her move to a different environment triggered changes in her body, leaving Holli to suffer from chronic migraines, sinus issues, and autoimmune issues. No longer wanting to live on antibiotics, which simply masked the root of her health problems, she changed her life and became a student of nutrition, learning that certain food groups were the culprit. Today, Holli educates others on how to uncover their nutritional style, including her work on Capitol Hill and a program for US Congress. Holli offers tips to listeners on how they can de-stress to minimize inflammation, anxiety and heart-related issues. She also shares her thoughts on what you can do to listen to your body to make yourself feel better.
A little more about Holli Thompson … Holli is an inspirational speaker, and TV guest for several major networks, including ABC, CBS, and FX. She shares weekly on her own blog, at hollithompson.com and also contributes to several well-known blogs. Holli works with corporations and individuals on health and lifestyle coaching and consulting.