Skimm'd from The Couch

Skimm'd from The Couch
theSkimm’s co-founders and co-CEOs, Carly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg, started their company from a couch. Now they’re bringing it back to one, and inviting powerful female leaders to sit down and chat about everything from celebrating career wins to the worst advice they’ve ever received. It’s an inside look at what it’s really like on the road to success. No BS, no sugarcoating.
“You’re good. I promise. Go to sleep.” —Alexa von Tobel, Founder and CEO of LearnVest, on her go-to advice for startup founders. - Episode 040
Dec 18, 2018 • 36 min
When Alexa von Tobel graduated college, she still had a lot of q’s about how to manage her cash. So she did what anyone would: wrote a 75-page business plan. And took it to Harvard Business School. Casual. But within a semester, she decided to drop out…
“This isn’t baseball; I’m gonna cry” — Samantha Barry, editor-in-chief of Glamour, on why she decided it’s ok to cry at work. - Episode 039
Dec 11, 2018 • 34 min
Samantha Barry grew up in Ireland. And she always knew news was the path for her. Sam started out her career as a researcher, and then became an international reporter. Her reporting took her around the world, where she started to see the power of social…
“Look for a void” — Martha Stewart, founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, on how to start a successful business. - Episode 038
Dec 4, 2018 • 33 min
Our guest this week is the one and only Martha Stewart. Growing up, she had a knack for all things lifestyle: cooking, gardening and sewing. But after college, she decided to follow a different path. To Wall Street. Martha eventually took the business…
“Tell me one thing I don’t want to hear.” — Beth Comstock, first female Vice Chair of GE, on how she asks her team for real feedback. - Episode 037
Nov 27, 2018 • 32 min
Beth Comstock is the first female vice chair of GE. But before that, she built a career in communications at companies like CBS, CNN, and NBCUniversal. At NBC, Beth helped launch one of your favorite binge-ing sites: Hulu. And she kept working her way up…
“I’m struggling with this specific question. What is your take?” -Lauren Bush Lauren, CEO and Co-founder of FEED Projects, on how to ask your network for help. - Episode 036
Nov 20, 2018 • 32 min
Lauren Bush Lauren has diplomacy in her blood. Former President George HW Bush is her grandfather, and President George W Bush is her uncle. But Lauren has built a legacy all her own. She’s the CEO and co-founder of FEED Projects, the company that sells…
“Can you take less?” —Barbara Corcoran, “Shark Tank” investor and Co-founder of Forefront Venture Partners, on the first question she asks during salary negotiations. - Episode 035
Nov 13, 2018 • 33 min
We’re baaaack. With vino. And Barbara Corcoran. You know Barbara as one of the sharks on “Shark Tank.” But the show is just one part of her story. After college, Barbara took a job as a teacher. She quit after a year and moved on to waitressing. A little…
“If you act like you belong in the room, people think you do” — Jennifer Palmieri, Former White House Communications Director, on how she acted confident in the Oval Office. - Episode 034
Oct 30, 2018 • 30 min
Midterm elections are in T minus 6 days. Politicians are trying to convince you to hire them. And behind every politician…is a communications director helping them get the word out. So we brought in two of them to talk to us about how they do their jobs —…
“Stay in your lane” — AshLee Strong, National Press Secretary for House Speaker Paul Ryan, on the worst advice she’s ever received. - Episode 033
Oct 30, 2018 • 31 min
Midterm elections are in T minus 6 days. Politicians are trying to convince you to hire them. And behind every politician…is a communications director helping them get the word out. So we brought in two of them to talk to us about how they do their jobs —…
“I didn’t know who Shawn Mendes was. Big mistake.” — Sylvia Acevedo, CEO of Girl Scouts, on what she’s learned from current Girl Scouts. - Episode 032
Oct 23, 2018 • 26 min
When Sylvia Acevedo was 7 years old, she was a Girl Scout. One night, her troop leader caught her looking up at the stars…and encouraged her to pursue that interest. Sylvia took that advice. And became a rocket scientist at NASA right out of college.…
“Say yes to everything,” —Katie Couric, Founder of Katie Couric Media, on how to stand out at your first job.
Oct 18, 2018 • 35 min
Katie Couric is one of the most recognized faces in journalism today. You’re probably one of the millions of people who have tuned in to one of Katie’s shows over the years, whether that was “Getting There” with us at theSkimm, the TODAY Show, or the CBS…
“Be prepared to thicken your skin” — Tory Burch, founder of Tory Burch LLC, on her best advice for starting a business. - Episode 031
Oct 16, 2018 • 30 min
Tory Burch is the founder, chairman, and CEO of … Tory Burch. You know her as the woman (and the name) behind so many of your favorite clothes. But way before she created those iconic Reva flats, she built a career in fashion PR, working for designers…
“I thought that meant I couldn’t act” — actor Taraji P Henson, on getting rejected for the first time. - Episode 030
Oct 9, 2018 • 32 min
You might know Taraji P Henson as Cookie on “Empire,” or from her roles in movies like “Hustle and Flow” and “Hidden Figures.” But you might not know the rest of Taraji’s story. She’s always wanted to be an actor. But she didn’t take her passion seriously…
“Start with the end in mind” — Nancy Brinker, founder of the Susan G Komen Foundation, on her best advice for making change. - Episode 029
Oct 2, 2018 • 32 min
Nancy Brinker started the Susan G Komen Foundation in 1982 after her sister was diagnosed with breast cancer. Back then, she had just $200 and a list of potential donors. Now, it’s one of the largest cancer charities in the world. In the 40 years since…
“I dare you to work longer, and harder, and faster than me.” — Christina Tosi, Founder and CEO of Milk Bar, on her philosophy at work. - Episode 028
Sep 25, 2018 • 35 min
Christina Tosi started baking at home with her family. And after going to college for applied mathematics, she decided to get back to those baking roots. She went to culinary school and worked in a few different restaurants around NYC. Eventually,…
“Don’t say yes or no in the room” — Susan Lyne, President and Founder of BBG Ventures, on the first rule of negotiating your salary. - Episode 027
Sep 18, 2018 • 36 min
Susan Lyne’s career isn’t easy to Skimm. She grew up in Boston, and after going to college for a while, decided to skip school and get straight into her career. Susan was a journalist. Then she switched into entertainment, and even started her own…
“I’ve had my team put in jail” — Kat Cole, President and COO of FOCUS Brands, on the worst thing that ever happened when she was opening a Hooters franchise. - Episode 026
Sep 11, 2018 • 37 min
Kat Cole started her career as a waitress at Hooters. At first, she was just helping out her family. But in her second year of college, she decided to turn that side hustle…into her main hustle. So she went to work at Hooters corporate instead of…
“It’s like cramming for an exam” — Margaret Brennan, moderator of “Face the Nation”, on what it’s like to cover the news in Washington. - Episode 025
Sep 4, 2018 • 36 min
Margaret Brennan is the moderator of “Face the Nation” and a senior correspondent for CBS. But she didn’t always plan to be a journalist. At first, Margaret thought she wanted to be a diplomat, so she studied foreign affairs, the Mideast — she even…
“Game of Thrones” — Arianna Huffington, founder of the Huffington Post, on what she cut out of her life to get 8 hours of sleep - Episode 024
Aug 14, 2018 • 31 min
You know Arianna Huffington as the woman who put the Huffington in The Huffington Post. But she’s got a lot more on her resume. Including ‘best-selling author’ and ‘ran for office.’ But in 2007, after working 18-hour days, she collapsed in her office. And…
“I’m incredibly immature” — Michele Promaulayko, Editor in Chief of Cosmopolitan, on how she stays connected to a younger audience - Episode 023
Aug 7, 2018 • 34 min
Michele Promaulayko fell in love with magazines as a teenager. Since then, she’s gone from dreaming about magazines…to building a career in publishing, working at places like Women’s Health and Yahoo Health. Today, she’s the editor in chief of…
Founder Chat: Getting dad-vice
Aug 2, 2018 • 9 min
Growing this B was not easy. Translation: we ask our family for advice all the time. In this episode, we talk to our dads about some of the things that we’ve learned from them along the way. And we play a game. It’s inspired by the new Netflix dramedy…
“Chief Weed Officer” — Melanie Whelan, CEO of SoulCycle, on her bad habits. Not the kind you’re thinking, promise.
Jul 31, 2018 • 25 min
Melanie has a personal rule for herself: if she hears about something three times, from three different people, she has to try it. That rule has led her to new books, restaurants, and… SoulCycle. Which she did while she was a VP at Equinox. Melanie…
“Mini bottles of wine in hotel coffee cups” - Katrina Lake, co-founder and CEO of Stitch Fix, on how she prepped herself to break bad news to her management team during the IPO process. - Episode 021
Jul 24, 2018 • 39 min
Katrina Lake spent the first part of her career watching other entrepreneurs pitch their companies to her VC firm. But then she decided she wanted to try it out herself. So she went to Harvard Business School and started her own company. Today, you know…
“Cool, curious, and connected” Mindy Grossman, President and CEO of Weight Watchers, on her three C’s for hiring.
Jul 17, 2018 • 37 min
Mindy Grossman graduated college at 20 and was on her way to law school. But then she changed her mind – so she broke her engagement, packed her bags, and moved to New York City. Luckily, that gamble worked out: today, she’s on Forbes’ list of the most…
“All I wanted was comfortable clothes to sweat in” — Tyler Haney, Founder and CEO of Outdoor Voices - Episode 019
Jul 10, 2018 • 31 min
Tyler Haney is the CEO and founder of Outdoor Voices. Today, you know OV as one of your favorite brands to wear to the gym…or to walk your dog around the block. Tyler got the idea for her company when she was on a jog. Since then, she’s grown it into a…
“I’ve always known that I would love to start my own company at some point” — Shan-Lyn Ma, founder and CEO of Zola - Episode 018
Jul 3, 2018 • 32 min
Our guest this week is Shan-Lyn Ma. She started her company Zola in 2013, after she realized that buying wedding gifts is fun for…pretty much nobody. Flash forward to now, and hundreds of thousands of people use Zola to register and shop for wedding gifts…
“No one is as invested in the business as you” — Ariel Kaye, Founder and CEO of Parachute - Episode 017
Jun 26, 2018 • 22 min
Ariel Kaye’s career in home goods started out as a side hustle. But in 2013, she decided to leave a stable career in advertising and turn that side hustle… into her main hustle. She called it Parachute. These days, if you’re like us, you might go to sleep…
Linnea Roberts: Founder and CEO of Gingerbread Capital - Episode 016
Jun 19, 2018 • 33 min
Our guest this week is Linnea Roberts. She’s the founder and CEO of Gingerbread Capital, the venture capital firm she started after she ‘flunked’ retirement. Inspired by her mom Ginger, her company is all about investing in female-founded companies.…
Founder Chat: Learning How To Manage
Jun 13, 2018 • 8 min
On the couch, Gregg Renfrew talked to us about being a manager. And how it’s not exactly her favorite thing to do. We can relate. Figuring out how to manage people was something we had to learn along the way. This week, we’re answering some of our go-to…
Gregg Renfrew: Founder and CEO of Beautycounter - Episode 015
Jun 12, 2018 • 22 min
Gregg Renfrew is all about side hustles. On her resume: everything from starting a cleaning company in college…to launching a biz to make dress shopping less awful for bridesmaids. These days, she’s the founder and CEO of Beautycounter. Aka the company…
Founder Chat: Cash Money 101
Jun 6, 2018 • 11 min
This week at theSkimm is all about your wallet. On the couch, Hope Taitz talked to us about how women can control their own destiny…by controlling their cash money. Also happening this week: intern season. On this episode, we answer money q’s from our…
Hope Taitz: CEO and Managing Partner of ELY Capital - Episode 014
Jun 5, 2018 • 30 min
This week at theSkimm we’re talking about your wallet. So our guest on the couch is CEO and Managing Partner of ELY Capital Hope Taitz. Hope invests in consumer tech – including theSkimm – and she’s got a rep for being no-BS in the boardroom. She talks to…
Founder Chat: You v. You
May 30, 2018 • 9 min
This week, Christie Hefner talked to us about her time at Playboy. And all the ‘WTF moments’ that come with being in charge of a company at 29 years old. Here are our tips on how to move up at work and how to hit snooze on imposter syndrome.
Christie Hefner: Former CEO and Chairman of Playboy Enterprises - Episode 013
May 29, 2018 • 36 min
Christie Hefner is the daughter of, you guessed it, Hugh Hefner. She spent 20 years as chairman and CEO of Playboy. Making her the longest-serving female in that position. Ever. This week, she talks to us about taking Playboy digital, making management…
Founder Chat: Using Your Superpower
May 23, 2018 • 11 min
Melissa Ben-Ishay built a brand using her superpowers. This week, we’re talking about how to use your own and how to build a brand around your passion. Without getting tired of it. Cape, on.
Melissa Ben-Ishay: Founder and Chief Product Officer of Baked by Melissa - Episode 012
May 22, 2018 • 30 min
This week’s guest puts the Melissa in Baked by Melissa. Melissa Ben-Ishay started her company when she was just 24 years old. And built it from a bite-sized storefront in Manhattan…to a nationwide e-commerce business. She talks to us about getting fired,…
Founder Chat: Working with Women
May 16, 2018 • 10 min
Our guests this week – Today Show’s Hoda Kotb, Savannah Guthrie, and Libby Leist – work prettttty closely together. We’re sharing our tips on how to find the Hoda to your Savannah. And how to share success with the women on your team.
Hoda Kotb, Savannah Guthrie, and Libby Leist: NBC’s Today Show - Episode 011
May 15, 2018 • 32 min
Hoda, Savannah, and Libby are the all-female dream team of morning TV. Hear them talk about making history at NBC, getting nervous before big interviews, and why there’s way more than one path to success in life. PS: Hoda had to leave halfway through to,…
Founder Chat: Crying at Work
Apr 11, 2018 • 12 min
Joanna Coles says she doesn’t cry at the office. But for some of us, it’s kind of a thing. We’re sharing some tips we’ve learned to keep it on the down low.
Joanna Coles: Chief Content Officer of Hearst Magazines - Episode 010
Apr 10, 2018 • 34 min
We’re ending our first season with a force of nature, Joanna Coles. She’s the Chief Content Officer of Hearst Magazines. And author of “Love Rules: How to Find a Real Relationship in a Digital World.” She talks to us about why it’s more fun being in…
Founder Chat: Making a Career Change
Apr 5, 2018 • 10 min
Things we can relate to: choosing the wrong major, wanting to change careers, not having the “right” experience for a new job. Today, we’re talking about how to sell yourself in order to make a career leap.
Payal Kadakia: Founder and Executive Chairman of ClassPass - Episode 009
Apr 3, 2018 • 23 min
ClassPass is a monthly fitness subscription service in over 50 cities worldwide. But this is no overnight success story. Founder and Executive Chairman Payal Kadakia talks to us about the versions of the brand that failed, and how it evolved into what we…
Founder Chat: Turning Your Side Hustle into a Business
Mar 28, 2018 • 12 min
Meet our Bonus Episodes. Every Thursday, Carly and Danielle will answer your career questions, share their stories, and give you tips for finding success. Listen through to the end to find out how to be featured in the next ep. Our first one is about…
Sara Blakely: Founder and CEO of Spanx - Episode 008
Mar 27, 2018 • 25 min
Pinch us, please. We sat down with Sara Blakely, aka the no. 1 person we’ve looked up to since the day we started theSkimm. She’s the Founder and CEO of Spanx – the billion-dollar shapewear company that she built off an idea and $5,000 in savings. She…
Jenny Fleiss: Co-Founder of Rent the Runway, Co-Founder/CEO of Code Eight - Episode 007
Mar 20, 2018 • 23 min
This week, we’re talking to Jenny Fleiss. She co-founded Rent the Runway – the company that lets you rent designer outfits without having to drop some serious cash. She’s now the co-founder and CEO of Walmart’s tech incubator, Code Eight. Jenny talked to…
Nancy Dubuc: CEO of Vice Media, Former President and CEO of A+E Networks - Episode 006
Mar 13, 2018 • 24 min
Our guest this week is making headlines. She just stepped down as President and CEO of A+E Networks. And is taking over as the CEO of Vice Media. Nancy’s been on Fortune’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business and Hollywood Reporter’s Power 100 List. She…
Leandra Medine: Founder of Man Repeller - Episode 005
Mar 6, 2018 • 20 min
Leandra Medine started her popular fashion website – Man Repeller – as a junior in college. She’s a staple on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 List. Is the author of “Man Repeller: Seeking Love. Finding Overalls.” And provides daily entertainment to her audience…
Sallie Krawcheck: Co-Founder and CEO of Ellevest - Episode 004
Feb 27, 2018 • 31 min
Warning: This episode may cause mild to severe inspiration. This week, we’re sitting down with a legend in the finance world, Sallie Krawcheck. She’s the co-founder and CEO of Ellevest, the digital platform working to close the gender investing gap.…
Reshma Saujani: Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code - Episode 003
Feb 20, 2018 • 16 min
Get ready to be inspired. Today’s guest is Reshma Saujani, Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code – the non-profit working to close the gender gap in technology. Before starting Girls Who Code, Reshma was the first Indian-American woman to run for Congress.…
Tina Brown: Editor, Author, and Founder/CEO of Tina Brown Live Media - Episode 002
Feb 13, 2018 • 28 min
Tina Brown made her name as the legendary editor of Vanity Fair. Now, she’s the Founder and CEO of Tina Brown Live Media, which puts on the annual Women in the World Summit. She’s also the author of the recently released book “The Vanity Fair Diaries.”…
Whitney Wolfe Herd: Founder and CEO of Bumble - Episode 001
Feb 6, 2018 • 21 min
For the very first episode, Carly and Danielle sit down with Whitney Wolfe Herd. She’s the founder and CEO of Bumble – the dating app that lets women make the first move. The company has since expanded into Bumble BFF and Bumble Bizz. Today, Whitney talks…
Available Now: Skimm’d from The Couch
Feb 6, 2018 • 1 min
You know the brands – Spanx, Vanity Fair, Girls Who Code. Listen to Skimm’d from The Couch every Wednesday to get to know the women behind them.