When Whoopi Goldberg called a new company, they moved heaven and earth to give her what she wanted. But even the celebrity power of Whoopi, Kathy Lee and Hoda, and the Primetime Emmys wasn’t enough to change the course of this company’s future. Listen to hear what BOSS move took Beantown Bedding from local start-up to powerhouse. Not only are they kicking butt as a business, they are making our lives easier by cutting down our chores AND we get to save the environment at the same time! Sounds like a win win!
Listen until the end for an interview for a preview of our episode 4/2 with a spin studio that is taking on Soul Cycle…and winning!
Beyonce gets noticed, she drops surprise albums and videos…Instagram posts letting the world know she is the most beautiful pregnant woman ever!
Our guest this week, Melissa James gets noticed too. Her goal: Become the Beyonce of Tech.
Melissa left a job at Google to start her own company. Today she is CEO of the Tech Connection, a company that connects diverse talent to tech companies.
We’ve mentioned tech’s diversity problem before.
At Google and Facebook, for example, only 1% of employees are Black, while Black people make up nearly 13% of the population.
Only 16% of techies are women and women make up half of the population.
Melissa’s work to increase diversity in tech has earned her a US Presidential Service award from then President Obama, and a young alumni service award from her alma mater, University of Massachusetts Amherst. Melissa was named Boston Innovation Magazine’s 50 on Fire, and also a published author. Her first book, “When are you going to get a Real Career?”is available on itunes.
For more information on The Tech Connection, head here.
Thank you to everyone who listened to the first episode of Boss Bitches! I knew there were so many kick ass women out there with stories to tell! Listeners have sent ideas and interview suggestions so thank you thank you. Keep ’em comin’!
Before we head out for the Thanksgiving holiday, a question for you. Maybe ask your friends and family at the dinner table. (Get ready for a heated debate). Why are women are judge for the things we do? We are either judged never doing enough or doing the most. The truth is, to be a Boss Bitch, you just have to do what you feel is right for you (within the law of course).
This week on the “Bosscast” (trying to make this word a thing, what do you think?) words from inspiring and successful women encouraging others to own who they are and not care what others think, whether you are single and childless at 45 or a young mom trying to have it all.
“Boldness is seen as threatening and scary and it’s certainly not what the patriarchy had in mind. So join me for a moment and imagine what would it be like for women to completely own our power? To have agency over our own glory, our sexuality and not in order to create a product or to sell it or to feel worthy of love or to use it as a tool for safety… At the same time with all of that volatility there is this surge of empowerment happening, #blacklivesmatter, #blackgirlmagic, The Women’s March, #metoo. I am trying to gather that with all of the energy and around me and match that with the realization that my life is mine.”
Ross’ comments are an anthem for single women, but really, ALL women can be inspired by the message of realizing, “my life is mine.”
This week we’re also talking about periods and baby making with Gina Nebesar, chief of product at fertility app, Ovia. Like Ross, Nebesar is encouraging women to own who they are! Doesn’t get any more boss bitch than that!
A married, working mom of one (almost two!), Nebesar and her colleagues say their app has helped thousands of families conceive. A graduate of Harvard Business School running a successful and growing tech company, she has always been a Boss. But when she first became a boss at work, she struggled finding the balance between being assertive and being herself. Now she says she lets herself, “off the hook a lot. I try not to be perfect or not to expect too much. Some days, you’re going to be this perfect mom or this perfect colleague and some days you’re going to be neither and that’s ok.”
This tech boss’ definition of a Boss Bitch, ” A strong female leader. Somebody who is themselves and confident and helps bring other people up as well.”