Our episode concludes with an interview with a millennial woman who overcame a life setback to continue her climb to the top of one of the largest law firms in the world. She is also working to raise money for hurricane ravaged Dominica, the birthplace of her father. Her advice to those of us looking to be a BOSS–you have to lift others while you climb. Enjoy!
This week…Oprah Winfrey confirmed she is the QUEEN OF EVERYTHING during her speech at the Golden Globes Sunday. Many say she is flirting with the idea of running for president, but are her powers better used outside the oval office? There are conflicting opinions out there. I guess it’s up to Ms. Winfrey to decide.
Last week, we were excited about our new logo, but now, we got a new name. The Boss Bitches Podcast is no more. We are now the Bosscast, think Podcast with the word BOSS in front. Why? Well, algorithms apparently hate the word, “B-I-T-C-H,” even though we were using it in a positive, empowering way. Algorithms can’t decipher between a positive podcast with the word bitch and a hateful speech filled podcast that may have an innocent sounding title (sadly there are a lot of negative, hate-rallying podcasts out there)…Anyway, I can’t fight the computer Gods, so Bosscast is it! Same great content, different name.
Our interview this week is with Jessica Brondo Davidoff, a 35-year-old serial entrepreneur. Negative feedback helped her start and successfully run two companies. At 22-years-old, she started The Edge in College Prep, a New York City based company that combines college test prep with admissions counseling. Eight years later, she started launched Admitted.ly, a web and mobile platform that utilized fun Buzzfeed-like quizzes to match students to their ideal colleges and universities. Admittedly raised more than 2 million dollars in seed-funding then in 2016, the company was acquired and is now called, MyOptions. The company has more than 6 million users and prides itself on being free for students to use so that all potential co-eds have a more equal playing field when it comes to college admissions.
A graduated of Princeton University, Jess loves working in education and tech. However, it hasn’t always been easy. From being shunned by female mentors who later reached out when she hit it big and sexual harassment, Jess says her path hasn’t always been perfect. However, she has surrounded herself with good people who have made helped make her businesses successful.
If you’re looking to launch a tech venture , Jess recommends 1. bartending, it allows for time during the day for meetings 2. start a company that is filling a deficiency or a need, 3. don’t be afraid of negative feedback, and 4. when pitching, make sure your power outfit is ready to go!
What do you think of our new logo? Designed by my college age sister studying to be a graphic designer! I had a vision and she made it real. Thanks baby sis!
First topic of discussion…Hoda Kotb is named the newest anchor of the Today Show after Matt Lauer’s firing for sexual misconduct in the workplace. Two women co-anchoring the most watched morning show. This is amazing!
Did Hoda set a plan for this. Did she visualize her ascension to the top of morning news? Maybe. Visualization is a powerful tool. If you imagine you have already achieved success or already gotten what it is you want (a new job, romantic partner, etc.), it can happen! Not simply because you visualized it, but because visualizing will make you put things in to action to get what you want.
And finally, did you get engaged this holiday? Wedding and Event Planner Myriam Michel (@mmeliteevents on instagram) has great advice for planning a wedding. She also shares the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to entrepreneurship.
At first, her plan was to be Editor-In-Chief of Cosmo or Marie Claire magazines. But when she began feeling unfulfilled at her mainstream magazine jobs, fate connected her to Essence magazine where she has been able to cover the Obamas (several times), appear on television, and travel to tell both fun and inspiring stories. She says she loves working for a publication that advocates and fights to tell the often ignored stories about black people.
Lauren at Essence Fest in New Orleans with Issa Rae and Jay Ellis of HBO’s, “Insecure.”
Unafraid to speak her mind and go for what she wants, Lauren is a Boss. Still, like most ambitious women, she says she she’s only just begun.
Such a fun interview. Give it a listen and don’t forget to subscribe!
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Harassment sucks. What sucks even more is when women don’t stand up for one another. When we gossip instead of protect. When we slut shame instead of support. In the words of one of the most unforgettable songs of our time, “it won’t be long ’till I’m gonna need somebody to lean on.”
Two women this week have shown me how important it is to stand up for someone when they need someone to lean on. First, my daughter. She turns two on Tuesday. Her best friend at school is Autistic, but clearly that doesn’t matter to her. She loves her BFF. When she saw that her friend needed protecting from other kids, she stood up for her. She holds her hand. She invites her to play. Some how she knew this was someone who needed a friend. I am proud of my daughter everyday, but certainly proud of her compassion for others. I hope she never losses that. Here is a picture of my daughter and her friend. Her friend’s face is blurred out to protect her identity.
Another woman not afraid to stand up for others…Melissa Hortman (D- Minnesota). She is the minority leader in the Minnesota State Legislature. Hortman spoke up when she saw her male colleagues (all white) were disrespecting their fellow female colleagues (all of whom were women of color). One of the men asked Hortman to apologize. She did not. And her stance against her male colleagues went viral.
Hortman is a lawyer and mother of two who’s proudest accomplishments are pushing for more booster seats for children in her state and environmental reforms. But getting in to politics was not easy. In fact, she had to run THREE TIMES before she was elected. Her advice can help anyone who has a dream that seems out of reach: “Once you figure out what your dream is, don’t give up easily. Keep fighting.”