Second Life

Second Life

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Join our host, Who What Wear co-founder Hillary Kerr, as she chronicles the career changes that can come at any age in our podcast, Second Life.


Lauren Chan: Henning Founder and CEO
Jun 1 • 44 min
Lauren Chan started her career as a plus-size model alongside women like Ashley Graham and Candice Huffine at Ford Models. With a foot in the fashion industry’s door, she parlayed her career into writing and freelanced for publications such as Vogue and…
Brett Heyman: Edie Parker Founder and Creative Director
May 25 • 48 min
Brett Heyman is the founder of Edie Parker, the vintage-inspired acrylic handbag and accessories brand seen on virtually every red carpet ever. But just last year, Brett pivoted the brand in an unexpected way: into a cannabis accessories and private label…
Miranda Kerr: Supermodel and Kora Organics Founder and CEO
May 18 • 37 min
From signing on as Victoria’s Secret’s first Australian Angel to walking the Balenciaga runway while five months pregnant, Miranda Kerr cemented her status as an international supermodel years ago. On this episode of Second Life, hear how she used her…
Alison Cayne: Founder of Haven’s Kitchen Sauces, Cooking School, and Café
May 11 • 52 min
Alison Cayne is the founder of Haven’s Kitchen, a brand on a mission to make home cooking more enjoyable via a NY-based cooking school, café, event space, and line of all-natural refrigerated sauces available across the U.S. at grocers like Whole Foods.…
Shelley Gibbs Sanders: The Last Line Founder and Creative Director
May 4 • 46 min
Shelley Gibbs Sanders worked in the jewelry industry for over 15 years designing for brands like House of Harlow 1960, A.L.C., and Rachel Zoe before she set out to create The Last Line, a direct-to-consumer brand that turned the traditional fine-jewelry…
Gucci Westman: Makeup Artist and Westman Atelier Founder and Creative Director
Apr 27 • 48 min
Prolific makeup artist Gucci Westman has one of the most influential careers in the beauty world. She’s responsible for the makeup on countless magazine covers (Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar) and in ad campaign and runway looks for the likes of Dior, Proenza…
Joy Cho: Oh Joy! Founder, Creative Director, and Author
Apr 20 • 54 min
Joy Cho is the founder of Oh Joy!, a design studio, lifestyle brand, and creative hub where she brings her signature aesthetic to the masses. Oh Joy! has licensed product lines in home décor, kids apparel, pet products, and so much more at retailers…
Lisa Price: Carol’s Daughter Founder
Apr 13 • 52 min
Multicultural beauty brand Carol’s Daughter has retained a cult-like following since the ’90s, with brand evangelists including Halle Berry, Jada Pinkett Smith, and yes, Oprah. But when founder Lisa Price started dabbling in aromatherapy oils out of her…
Catherine McCord: Culinary Entrepreneur and Cookbook Author
Apr 6 • 50 min
Catherine McCord, founder of healthy-eating destination Weelicious.com, author of three cookbooks, and co-founder of the family-friendly food-delivery service One Potato, has built a healthy-living empire. Not exactly the career path you might expect from…
Sali Christeson: Argent Founder & CEO
Mar 30 • 48 min
Sali Christeson, the founder and CEO of the brand revolutionizing women’s workwear, Argent, is creating professional, practical and vibrant pieces to equip women with the confidence they need to shatter the glass ceiling. On this episode of Second Life,…
Justina Blakeney: Designer, Artist, and NYT Best-Selling Author
Mar 23 • 48 min
Designer, artist, best-selling author and founder of bohemian-inspired design blog and online shop Jungalow, Justina Blakeney, is known for her unique style which is full of color, patterns and plants. On this episode of Second Life, find out how Blakeney…
LIVE! with Sharon Chuter: UOMA Beauty Founder, CEO, and Creative Director
Mar 16 • 49 min
After numerous years working in the beauty industry at multinational beauty businesses, including L’Oreal and Benefit Cosmetics, Sharon Chuter started her own beauty brand, UOMA Beauty, dedicated to re-writing the rules of inclusivity, representation, and…
Danielle Bernstein: We Wore What Fashion Influencer, Designer, and Tech Founder
Mar 9 • 45 min
Influencer, entrepreneur, author, and designer, Danielle Bernstein, has established herself as an influential voice in the fashion/blogger community by transitioning her street style blog into a burgeoning business. On this episode of Second Life, find…
Alison Roman: Cook, Best-Selling Author, and NYT Columnist
Mar 2 • 51 min
Cook, writer, and author Alison Roman is renowned for her best-selling cookbooks, column in The New York Times, and internet-famous recipes like #TheStew, #TheCookies, #TheDip. Prior to becoming the internet’s favorite culinary celebrity, however, she…
Karolína Kurková: Model and Founder of Gryph & IvyRose
Feb 24 • 41 min
As one of the most iconic supermodels of this generation, KarolÍna Kurková has made a name for herself in the fashion industry. However, what most people don’t know is Kurková’s other passion lies within holistic health and wellness. On this episode of…
Katie Sturino: Megababe Founder and CEO, Influencer, and Body-Positivity Advocate
Feb 17 • 47 min
Entrepreneur, social media influencer, body positivity advocate and animal activist, Katie Sturino has created a career dedicated to empowering women to find confidence and feel comfortable in their own skin. On this episode of Second Life, find out how…
Kristen Bell: Actor and Co-Founder of Hello Bello and This Saves Lives
Feb 10 • 54 min
While Kristen Bell is renowned for her lead acting roles in critically-acclaimed series including Veronica Mars and The Good Place and box office hits like Forgetting Sarah Marshall and the Frozen franchise, she has a passion beyond the film screen. On…
Nicole Gibbons: Clare Founder and Interior Designer
Feb 3 • 49 min
Nicole Gibbons, founder of first-ever direct-to-consumer paint brand, Clare, is completely disrupting the paint industry. On this episode of Second Life, find out how this former Global PR Director turned interior designer has built a company that has…
Kat Von D: Tattoo Artist, Beauty Entrepreneur, Shoe Designer, and Musician
Jan 27 • 41 min
Kat Von D is a true creative icon. From tattoo artist and beauty mogul to designer and activist, Von D has utilized her artistry to start multiple, wildly successful empires. On this episode of Second Life, find out how Von D has managed to build…
Asya Varetsa: Sleeper Co-Founder
Jan 20 • 41 min
Inspired to create pajamas that are both comfortable enough for a night in, but also chic enough to wear out, co-founder, Asya Varetsa, has built a successful nightwear brand with no fashion design experience whatsoever. On this episode of Second Life,…
Hillary Peterson: True Botanicals Founder and CEO
Jan 13 • 48 min
Hillary Peterson, the founder and CEO of trustworthy skincare line True Botanicals, has set out to transform skincare by formulating clean, organic products without harmful toxins. On this episode of Second Life, find out how why Peterson was forced to…
Reese Witherspoon: Actress, Producer, and Hello Sunshine Founder
Jan 6 • 45 min
Reese Witherspoon is without a doubt an iconic female of our generation. From actress and producer to entrepreneur and activist, Witherspoon has paved her way through Hollywood. On this episode of Second Life, find how out Witherspoon has transitioned her…
Tina Craig: Bag Snob Blogger, U Beauty Founder, and Estate Five Co-Founder
Dec 30, 2019 • 57 min
Tina Craig, globally known as Bag Snob, is a creative force in the industry paving her own career path, while remaining fearless every step of the way. On this episode of Second Life, find out how exactly Bag Snob emerged nearly 15 years ago and how today…
Holly Thaggard: Supergoop! Founder
Dec 23, 2019 • 51 min
Holly Thaggard, the founder of beloved skincare brand Supergoop!, has built a company with the mission to reduce the epidemic of skin cancer by shattering sunscreen stereotypes. Previously beginning her career as an elementary teacher, find out how…
Ariane Goldman: CEO and Founder of Twobirds New York and HATCH
Dec 16, 2019 • 56 min
Ariane Goldman, CEO and Founder of both Twobirds New York and HATCH, is disrupting the industry by providing solutions for the voids in women’s wardrobe. On this episode of Second Life, find out how Ariane transitioned from her eight-year career at…
Nicole Richie: House of Harlow 1960 Founder and Creative Director
Dec 9, 2019 • 41 min
Style icon and entrepreneurial trendsetter, Nicole Richie has built a burgeoning business empire over the past decade. On this episode of Second Life, find out how Nicole transitioned from her career in entertainment, originally starring on A Simple Life,…
Amanda de Cadenet: Photographer, Media Personality, and Girlgaze Founder and CEO
Dec 2, 2019 • 56 min
Entrepreneur, journalist, author, photographer, and activist, Amanda de Cadenet, is known as one of the most influential creatives in the industry. From TV host to noteable photographer to CEO, find out how Amanda de Cadenet evolved through various…
Cindy Crawford: Supermodel, Entrepreneur, and Meaningful Beauty Co-Founder
Nov 25, 2019 • 48 min
Iconic supermodel, Cindy Crawford, is widely known for being one of the original models who pivoted from being not just a model, but also a true star and style icon. On this episode of Second Life, find out how Cindy combined her years of modeling…
Sallie Krawcheck: Ellevest Co-Founder and CEO
Nov 18, 2019 • 56 min
Sallie Krawcheck, the CEO and founder of digital-first, mission-driven investment platform for women, Ellevest, is redefining what it means to be a successful woman on Wall Street (hint: it’s not easy). On this episode of Second Life, find out how Sallie…
Jessica Koslow: Chef and Owner of Sqirl Cafe and Jams
Nov 11, 2019 • 56 min
Jessica Koslow, the chef and owner of renowned Los Angeles cafe, Sqirl, went from being the digital producer at Fox to one of the most innovative chefs in the culinary scene. On this episode of Second Life, find out how Jessica transitioned her hobby into…
Rachel Zoe: Fashion Entrepreneur, Stylist, Designer, and Author
Nov 4, 2019 • 61 min
Rachel Zoe is an absolute powerhouse. Her online style destination, The Zoe Report, reaches over 14 million monthly users worldwide. Her ready-to-wear and accessory line, Rachel Zoe Collection, is carried at retailers such as Net-a-Porter, Shopbop, and…
Rea Ann Silva: Beautyblender Founder and CEO
Oct 28, 2019 • 53 min
Rea Ann Silva went from being a professional makeup artist to becoming the founder and CEO of Beautyblender. On this episode of Second Life, find out how she changed the way millions of people apply their makeup.
Cindy Capobianco: Lord Jones Co-Founder and Chief Brand Officer
Oct 21, 2019 • 58 min
Before Cindy Capobianco founded Lord Jones, the CBD brand that has taken the cannabis industry by storm, she worked as a fashion editor and in PR and marketing. Find out how she made the major pivot in this episode of Second Life.
Angelica Nwandu: The Shade Room Founder and CEO
Oct 14, 2019 • 53 min
The Shade Room has over 16 million followers and counting, but before Angelica Nwandu founded it, she was on her way to becoming an accountant. Listen to the story of how she made the switch.
Kelly Oxford: New York Times Best-Selling Author
Oct 7, 2019 • 39 min
It’s hard to sum up Kelly Oxford’s career without resorting to a list. She’s a New York Times best-selling author, screenwriter, sexual assault activist, social media sensation, and mom of three. Oxford wasn’t always career-focused, though. In episode…
Emily Henderson: Home Style Expert and Design Guru
Sep 30, 2019 • 56 min
Emily Henderson is proof that when you’re passionate about something, you can turn it into a thriving career—no matter what you studied in college or where you started out. “I learned on the job and I think it’s a very good way to start and build your…
Mandy Moore: Actress and Singer-Songwriter
Sep 23, 2019 • 49 min
There are two ways to tell Mandy Moore’s career story. While we’re familiar with the highlight reel—Moore was a breakout singer at just 15 and is a Golden Globe nominee—the real story is far more complex. In this episode of Second Life, Moore opens up…
Ty Haney: Outdoor Voices Founder and CEO
Sep 16, 2019 • 43 min
Tyler Haney knows activewear. She was raised in Boulder, Colorado—a town known for its outdoor activities—and grew up running track and field. With a few courses in business and design under her belt paired with the desire to create a sporty uniform for…
Christina Tosi: Milk Bar Founder and CEO
Sep 9, 2019 • 51 min
Before Christina Tosi started Milk Bar—the trendy bakery known for its covetable, playful desserts—she was studying math and Italian in college with dreams of becoming a mathematician, a UN translator, or a perhaps a truck driver (yes, really). “I like to…
Eva Chen: Instagram’s Director of Fashion Partnerships
Sep 2, 2019 • 43 min
Eva Chen’s résumé reads like the front row of a well-stocked magazine stand. She’s held jobs at publications like Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Teen Vogue, and Lucky (where she was editor in chief, no less). Although landing a job as editor in chief of a major…
Lauren Conrad: Entrepreneur and The Little Market Co-Founder
Aug 26, 2019 • 38 min
Lauren Conrad ended up on one of the world’s first major reality TV shows at the tender age of 17. Since then, she’s grown into the cunning, experienced entrepreneur you know today. According to her, she wouldn’t be where she is now—a New York Times…
Emma Grede: Good American Co-Founder + CEO
Aug 19, 2019 • 51 min
Emma Grede is the CEO and co-founder of Good American, the hugely successful, size-inclusive fashion brand that she started with none other than Khloé Kardashian. But starting this business wasn’t the first time Grede struck out on her own. She’d long…
Ellen Bennett: Hedley & Bennett Founder and CEO
Aug 12, 2019 • 59 min
If anyone has mastered the art of the hustle, it’s Ellen Bennett. The entrepreneurial powerhouse behind Hedley & Bennett, a Los Angeles–based chef wear and handcrafted apron company, started her own business at age 24 while working as a line cook at not…
Aurora James: Brother Vellies Founder and Creative Director
Aug 5, 2019 • 47 min
There was a time when Aurora James never thought she’d have a seat at the proverbial table. Now, after dipping her toes in multiple industries, she’s at the helm of the sustainable fashion company Brother Vellies and is proof that if you have a goal, you…
Jen Atkin: “The World’s Most Influential Hairstylist”
Jul 29, 2019 • 46 min
In an updated and extended interview from our very first episode, Hillary sits down with Jen Atkin, celebrity stylist and founder of cult haircare line Ouai. This episode has an additional 20 minutes of previously unreleased audio from when it first aired…
Anine Bing: Founder & Chief Creative Officer of Anine Bing
Jul 22, 2019 • 50 min
Anine Bing launched her successful clothing and accessories line in 2012, but her days once revolved around modeling, music, and blogging. Listen to the story of her career pivots on this week’s episode.
Jennifer Meyer: Jewelry Designer and Founder of Jennifer Meyer Jewelry
Jul 15, 2019 • 56 min
Jennifer Meyer’s career has taken a non-linear path that went from psychology to fashion editorial to PR before she founded her now wildly popular jewelry brand. Listen to her story on Second Life.
Lauren Kleban: Celebrity Trainer and Founder of LEKFit
Jul 8, 2019 • 47 min
Lauren Kleban started out as a professional dancer and now runs L.A.’s popular LEKFit workout studio. Hear about her career journey and what’s next for her company on Second Life.
Life Lessons | Anastasia Soare: Anastasia Beverly Hills Founder and CEO
Jul 3, 2019 • 49 min
Anastasia Soare is the founder of Anastasia Beverly Hills, the company that pioneered brow care as we know it today. Squiggly, scraggly arches are thankfully a thing of the past thanks to her eponymous line, and we couldn’t be more grateful.
Paige Adams-Geller: Paige Founder and Creative Director
Jul 1, 2019 • 51 min
Paige Adams-Geller was a fit model and actress before founding lifestyle and denim brand Paige in 2004. The brand now has a global presence and a slew of celebrity fans.
Life Lessons | Laura Vassar: Brock Collection Co-Founder
Jun 26, 2019 • 34 min
Laura Vassar is the designer behind Brock Collection, the luxury ready-to-wear label she and her husband, Kristopher Brock, founded in 2014. Based in New York City, Brock Collection won the CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund Award in 2016 and continues to be an…
Nancy Twine: Briogeo Founder and CEO
Jun 24, 2019 • 55 min
Nancy Twine went from working at Goldman Sachs to becoming the founder and CEO of clean, buzzy haircare brand Briogeo.
Life Lessons | Molly McNearney: Jimmy Kimmel Live! Co–Head Writer
Jun 19, 2019 • 57 min
Molly McNearney is the co–head writer on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and she has also written for the Oscars, the Emmy Awards, and the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner.
Whitney Tingle: Sakara Co-Founder and Co-CEO
Jun 17, 2019 • 42 min
Whitney Tingle went from working on Wall Street to co-founding Sakara Life, the go-to meal-delivery service of celebrities like Chrissy Teigen. Hear about her journey from finance to wellness on Second Life.
Life Lessons | Mercedes Abramo: Cartier North America President and CEO
Jun 12, 2019 • 50 min
Mercedes Abramo is the CEO and president of Cartier North America, a role she has been in since June 2014. Before heading up the French luxury brand, the New York City–based executive held management positions at Tiffany & Co., Ritz Carlton Hotels, and…
Ariel Kaye: Parachute Founder and CEO
Jun 10, 2019 • 45 min
Ariel Kaye started her career in PR and digital advertising. Now she’s the founder and CEO of Parachute , the wildly popular direct-to-consumer bedding and bath company.
Life Lessons | Gregg Renfrew: Beautycounter Founder and CEO
Jun 5, 2019 • 54 min
Santa Monica–based entrepreneur Gregg Renfrew is the woman behind not one but two important e-com startups… After founding The Wedding List, she worked as an executive at companies like Best & Co. before bringing Beautycounter to life in 2013, forever…
Michelle Pfeiffer: Actor, Producer, and Founder of Henry Rose
Jun 3, 2019 • 43 min
Actress Michelle Pfeiffer talks to Second Life about the launch of her first fragrance collection.
Life Lessons | Tamara Mellon: Designer, Founder, and Fashion Entrepreneur
May 29, 2019 • 52 min
British designer and entrepreneur Tamara Mellon worked as an accessories editor at British Vogue before co-founding luxury shoe label Jimmy Choo, where she spent nearly 15 years of her career. She left Jimmy Choo in 2011 to launch her eponymous company,…
Katherine Power: Who What Wear and Versed Founder and CEO
May 27, 2019 • 51 min
Who What Wear co-founder and CEO Katherine Power talks to fellow co-founder (and Second Life host) Hillary Kerr about how she came to be at the helm of Who What Wear.
Life Lessons | Jenni Konner: Showrunner, Producer, Writer, and Director
May 22, 2019 • 48 min
Los Angeles–based executive producer Jenni Konner is known for running shows like Girls and Camping with Lena Dunham, in addition to writing for Undeclared. These days, she has her own production company, I Am Jenni Konner Productions.
Kathryn Duryea: Year & Day Founder and CEO
May 20, 2019 • 49 min
Year & Day founder and CEO Kathryn Duryea talks to Second Life about leaving her job in brand marketing to start the direct-to-consumer tableware company.
Life Lessons | Karla Welch: Hollywood Stylist, Designer, and Founder of X Karla
May 15, 2019 • 54 min
Los Angeles–based stylist Karla Welch works with some of the biggest names in entertainment, changing the way we think about celebrity style and creating cool collaborations with in-demand brands.
Erica Chidi Cohen: Loom Co-Founder and CEO, Doula, and Author
May 13, 2019 • 53 min
Author and Loom co-founder Erica Chidi Cohen is helping people understand and trust their bodies through her Los Angeles–based wellness center.
Reshma Saujani: Girls Who Code Founder & CEO, Author, and Activist
May 6, 2019 • 47 min
Reshma Saujani, the CEO and founder of Girls Who Code, discusses her political background and how she’s hoping to close the gender gap in technology.
Sarah Gibson Tuttle: Olive & June Founder and CEO
Apr 29, 2019 • 52 min
Olive and June founder Sarah Gibson Tuttle quit her New York City finance career to open a nail salon in Los Angeles. Here’s how she did it.
Sarah Lee: Glow Recipe Co-Founder and Co-CEO
Apr 22, 2019 • 54 min
Korean skincare expert and Glow Recipe co-founder Sarah Lee talks to Second Life about leaving the corporate world and starting her own company.
Lykke Li: Singer, Songwriter, and Yola Mezcal Co-Founder
Apr 15, 2019 • 56 min
Swedish singer-songwriter Lykke Li is balancing her music career with entrepreneurship: She’s co-founded an all-female mezcal brand that empowers women in Oaxaca.
Shay Mitchell: Actress, Author, Producer, and Entrepreneur
Apr 8, 2019 • 55 min
Shay Mitchell discusses her eventful career path, including acting, writing, producing, and launching a travel brand.
LIVE! From SXSW With Liz Lambert: Bunkhouse Group Hotelier
Apr 1, 2019 • 44 min
How does one go from a job in the district attorney’s office to a career as a hotelier running some of the coolest hotels in the U.S. and Mexico? Find out on Liz Lambert’s episode of Second Life.
Jessica Yellin: Journalist, Author, and Former CNN Chief White House Correspondent
Mar 25, 2019 • 54 min
If Jessica Yellin’s Instagram isn’t at the top of your list of favorite news sources, it will be soon. Learn how the former chief White House correspondent for CNN took her reporting skills to social media and book publishing.
Sophia Roe: Chef, Wellness Expert, and Content Creator
Mar 18, 2019 • 49 min
Sophia Roe’s passion for food and wellness started as a distraction from her tough childhood in the foster care system. Learn about her inspiring journey to becoming a chef, wellness expert, and thought leader.
Veronica Swanson Beard & Veronica Miele Beard: Veronica Beard Co-Founders
Mar 11, 2019 • 54 min
Armed with experience in finance and fashion buying, respectively, sisters-in-law Veronica Miele Beard and Veronica Swanson Beard started their fashion brand with a single jacket style and no business plan. Find out how they did it.
Susan Tynan: Framebridge Founder and CEO
Mar 4, 2019 • 43 min
The founder and CEO of Framebridge, Susan Tynan, has advice on how to accept “no” in your career, how to run a business ethically, and how to lift women up.
Nancy Silverton: Celebrity Chef, Restaurateur, and Author
Feb 25, 2019 • 62 min
Learn how Nancy Silverton went from cooking part-time at her college dining hall to running her own empire of restaurants and winning the food industry’s highest honor.
Raissa Gerona: Revolve Chief Brand Officer
Feb 18, 2019 • 47 min
Learn how Raissa Gerona went from hopeful lawyer to the brains behind Revolve’s innovative influencer strategy.
Sara & Erin Foster: Bumble Heads of Creative
Feb 11, 2019 • 49 min
Erin and Sara Foster get candid about navigating the worlds of acting, producing, modeling, and writing
Shiona Turini: Stylist and Costume Designer
Feb 4, 2019 • 52 min
Fashion industry veteran Shiona Turini went from NYC editor to costume designer for HBO’s Insecure.
Sierra Tishgart: Great Jones Co-Founder
Jan 28, 2019 • 49 min
Sierra Tishgart reveals how she turned her side hustle into a successful home cookware venture.
Kendra Scott: Designer and CEO
Jan 21, 2019 • 54 min
Kendra Scott went from a failed hat-making business to running a billion-dollar jewelry brand.
Hannah Bronfman: HBFit Founder, DJ, and Author
Jan 14, 2019 • 35 min
Like many of us, Hannah Bronfman’s most valuable college experience came from outside the classroom. Bronfman successfully pivoted from being a sculpture major to becoming fashion’s favorite DJ and wellness master. In episode 47 of Second Life, Bronfman…
Aimee Song: Fashion Blogger, Influencer, and Author
Jan 7, 2019 • 38 min
Fashion blogger Aimee Song’s life changed when she got a job because of an outfit. Find out how she followed her passions from architecture to fashion.
Jamie Kantrowitz: Countertop Foods Co-Founder and CEO
Dec 31, 2018 • 35 min
Jamie Kantrowitz spent her twenties working in politics and digital media before co-founding wellness cooking brand Countertop with Nicole Rice.
Jennifer Lopez: Actress, Singer, and Producer with Writer and Producer Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas
Dec 24, 2018 • 32 min
Find out how Jennifer Lopez and her agent, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, navigated the career changes that made them who they are today.
Kerry O’Brien: Commando Founder and CEO
Dec 17, 2018 • 38 min
Kerry O’Brien never could have anticipated that her career in public relations would lead her to become an underwear designer, but that’s exactly what happened.
Carla Hall: Chef, TV Personality, and Cookbook Author
Dec 10, 2018 • 49 min
Carla Hall was always a creative, but before competing on Top Chef, authoring cookbooks, and starring on The Chew, she was auditing at a big accounting firm and pursuing modeling in Europe.
Meredith Melling: La Ligne Co-Founder
Dec 3, 2018 • 47 min
Find out how a Vogue alum left her impressive job to co-found fashion brand La Ligne.
Ty Haney: Outdoor Voices Founder and CEO
Nov 26, 2018 • 44 min
Tyler Haney knows activewear. Find out how she turned a passion for outdoor activities into the wildly successful brand Outdoor Voices.
Christina Tosi: Milk Bar Founder and CEO
Nov 19, 2018 • 51 min
Drawn to restaurant life with a passion for baking, Tosi moved on from her mathematical endeavors to pursue culinary school and (with a lot of hard work) went on to found her very own wildly successful bakery. Here’s how she made it happen.
Cyndi Ramirez-Fulton: Chillhouse Founder
Nov 12, 2018 • 38 min
If you’ve ever visited NYC’s trendy new spa-salon-café hybrid, Chillhouse, you can already appreciate the way Cyndi Ramirez-Fulton is cashing in on the wellness industry one adaptogen latte and hangover-curing massage at a time. The “destination for…
Eva Chen: Instagram’s Director of Fashion Partnerships
Nov 5, 2018 • 44 min
Eva Chen’s résumé reads like the front row of a well-stocked magazine stand. She’s held jobs at publications like Harper’s Bazaar, Elle, Teen Vogue, and Lucky (where she was editor in chief, no less). Although landing a job as editor in chief of a major…
Kerry Diamond: Cherry Bombe Co-Founder and Smith Canteen Owner
Oct 29, 2018 • 44 min
Kerry Diamond has been starting businesses since she was in the third grade launching a school newspaper. “I am very fortunate in that I knew from a very early age what I wanted to do,” she tells Hillary Kerr in episode 36 of Second Life. Although she…
Busy Philipps: Actress, Author and TV Host
Oct 22, 2018 • 47 min
Busy Philipps always knew she would be an actress. In fact, she was studying theater in college when she landed her first major role as Kim Kelly on the coming-of-age hit Freaks and Geeks. While she found success early on at the age of 19, her career…
Amber Lewis: Amber Interiors Owner, Designer, and Blogger
Oct 15, 2018 • 38 min
Interior designer Amber Lewis, the force behind Amber Interiors, is proof that you don’t necessarily need a college degree or a straightforward career path to find success. With just a few semesters in an interior design program at UCLA, Lewis found work…
Amanda Hesser: Food52 Co-Founder and CEO
Oct 8, 2018 • 37 min
Amanda Hesser is responsible for the chic e-commerce and community site Food52, which she launched with co-founder Merrill Stubbs in 2009. Before she struck out on her own, the foodie had a thriving career as an editor for The New York Times and as a…
Rosie O’Neill: Sugarfina Co-Founder and Co-CEO
Oct 1, 2018 • 52 min
If you’ve given or received a gift in the last six years, you’ve probably heard of Sugarfina, the luxury candy brand made for grown-ups. The champagne gummy bears and other adult-friendly candies wouldn’t exist had it not been for Rosie O’Niell and a…
Emma Grede: Good American Co-Founder and CEO
Sep 24, 2018 • 51 min
Emma Grede is the CEO and co-founder of Good American, the hugely successful, size-inclusive fashion brand that she started with none other than Khloé Kardashian. But starting this business wasn’t the first time Grede struck out on her own. She’d long…
Norah Weinstein and Kelly Sawyer Patricof: Baby2Baby Co-Presidents
Sep 17, 2018 • 42 min
Kelly Sawyer Patricof and Norah Weinstein, co-presidents of the nonprofit Baby2Baby, met on a blind date. Well, a double blind date with their husbands, orchestrated by Patricof’s father-in-law. Since then, Patricof and Weinstein married their passion for…
Ellen Bennett: Hedley & Bennett Founder and CEO
Sep 10, 2018 • 57 min
If anyone has mastered the art of the hustle, it’s Ellen Bennett. The entrepreneurial powerhouse behind Hedley & Bennett, a Los Angeles–based chef wear and handcrafted apron company, started her own business at age 24 while working as a line cook at not…
Emily Henderson: Home Style Expert and Design Guru
Aug 27, 2018 • 56 min
Emily Henderson is proof that when you’re passionate about something, you can turn it into a thriving career—no matter what you studied in college or where you started out. “I learned on the job and I think it’s a very good way to start and build your…
Jaclyn Johnson: Create & Cultivate Founder and CEO
Aug 20, 2018 • 40 min
When Jaclyn Johnson held the first Create & Cultivate conference in 2011 out of a desire to form a community of like-minded, creative women, she viewed it as a passion project, not a business. In fact, she still had a full-time gig running her own company…
Shani Darden: Celebrity Esthetician
Aug 13, 2018 • 34 min
Shani Darden is a name that rolls off the tongue of celebrities like Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Jessica Alba, and Chrissy Teigen when they talk about their skincare. Now an expert esthetician with a client list that reads like a who’s who of Hollywood,…
Aurora James: Brother Vellies Founder
Aug 6, 2018 • 45 min
There was a time when Aurora James never thought she’d have a seat at the proverbial table. Now, after dipping her toes in multiple industries, she’s at the helm of the sustainable fashion company Brother Vellies and is proof that if you have a goal, you…
Linda Wells: Flesh Beauty Founder and Revlon Chief Creative Officer
Jul 30, 2018 • 48 min
When Linda Wells landed her first job as an editorial assistant in the beauty department of Vogue, she didn’t have so much as a five-year-plan. She admits she could never have planned how her professional life—beauty editor turned editor in chief of a new…
Brooklyn Decker and Whitney Casey: Finery Co-Founders
Jul 23, 2018 • 47 min
Former broadcast journalist Whitney Casey and model-turned-actress Brooklyn Decker know something you don’t. You spend years of your life—10 to be exact—picking out clothes to wear and to pack for all of life’s many occasions. After identifying a massive…
Alli Webb: Drybar Founder
Jul 16, 2018 • 49 min
People with curly and straight hair alike know the power of a good blowout. It was this simple idea that catapulted Alli Webb from former hairstylist and stay-at-home mom to the haircare maven behind Drybar, the blow-dry bar that specializes in blowouts.…
Andrea Lieberman: A.L.C. Founder and Designer
Jul 9, 2018 • 37 min
Andrea Lieberman knew that she was meant to work in fashion ever since she moved to Manhattan at age 13. “I realized at a very early age that I just found what I was meant to do,” she tells Hillary Kerr in episode 21 of Second Life. Lieberman parlayed her…
April Gargiulo: Vintner’s Daughter Founder
Jul 2, 2018 • 35 min
Not everyone is lucky enough to stumble upon a career they’re passionate about early in life. For April Gargiulo, the founder of skincare company Vinter’s Daughter, it took three college degrees, stints in the design world, and time spent working for the…
Lauren Conrad: Entrepreneur and TheLittleMarket.com Co-Founder
Jun 25, 2018 • 39 min
Lauren Conrad ended up on one of the world’s first major reality TV shows at the tender age of 17. Since then, she’s grown into the cunning, experienced entrepreneur you know today. According to her, she wouldn’t be where she is now—a New York Times…
Marianna Hewitt: Influencer, Blogger and Co-Founder of Summer Fridays
Jun 18, 2018 • 40 min
When you grow up in Ohio with dreams of moving to Los Angeles, becoming a TV host, and owning a Range Rover, people don’t always take you seriously, according to Marianna Hewitt. However, with a bit of luck, perseverance, and the skills to turn her dreams…
Jen Gotch: ban.do Founder and Chief Creative Officer
Jun 11, 2018 • 39 min
If you asked Jen Gotch in her 20s what her career might be like today, she’d have had absolutely no idea. “I’m a late bloomer,” she tells Hillary Kerr on episode 17 of Second Life. The businesswoman and founder of the stylish gifts and accessories brand…
Cassandra Grey: Violet Grey Founder
Jun 4, 2018 • 38 min
From an early age, Cassandra Grey understood that you have to work for the things you need in life. It’s part of what motivated her to not only work at a children’s store in high school but eventually go on to manage said store and become a buyer. It’s…
Anna Brockway: Chairish Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer
May 28, 2018 • 40 min
The fast-paced world of advertising couldn’t seem more opposite to vintage furniture shopping. However, after pressing pause on a career in marketing to raise her quickly growing family, Anna Brockway found herself using her advertising know-how to start…
Mandy Moore: Actress and Singer-Songwriter
May 21, 2018 • 47 min
There are two ways to tell Mandy Moore’s career story. While we’re familiar with the highlight reel—Moore was a breakout singer at just 15 and is a Golden Globe nominee—the real story is far more complex. In episode 14 of Second Life, Moore opens up about…
Sophia Rossi: HelloGiggles Co-Founder
May 14, 2018 • 30 min
Sophia Rossi’s résumé is filled with accomplishments, but there’s one achievement you won’t find on there: graduate. The fiercely successful CEO of women’s lifestyle website HelloGiggles skipped college to dive straight into full-time work after high…
Tracy Sun: Poshmark Co-Founder
May 7, 2018 • 36 min
Tracy Sun may be at the helm of the impressive fashion-tech startup Poshmark, but she doesn’t consider herself a “fashion person.” She studied biology and psychology in college with the intention of pursuing a career in neuroscience. Little did she know…
Jessica Alba: Actress and Founder of The Honest Company
Apr 30, 2018 • 41 min
Having a successful career might seem like the goal for many actors, but for Jessica Alba, it was a foundation to try something entirely new: building a business. The founder of The Honest Company shares the most powerful lessons she’s learned along the…
Raina Penchansky: Digital Brand Architects Co-Founder and CEO
Apr 23, 2018 • 40 min
Few people would consider dropping out of college at age 19 to be a pivotal first step toward an impressive career, but that’s exactly what Raina Penchansky did. Now co-founder and CEO of digital talent management company Digital Brand Architects (BDA),…
Kelly LeVeque: Holistic Nutritionist and Celebrity Health Coach
Apr 16, 2018 • 44 min
Making the decision to change careers isn’t always clear-cut, but holistic nutritionist Kelly LeVeque can pinpoint the moment she realized she was on the wrong path. In episode nine, LeVeque talks about her leap from pharmaceutical sales to nutrition as…
Natasha Case: Coolhaus Co-Founder and CEO
Apr 9, 2018 • 36 min
Architecture and ice cream may sound like an unlikely combination, but bringing these two concepts together created a recipe for success for Natasha Case, co-founder of the original hipster ice cream truck, Coolhaus. After landing what many would consider…
Emily Current and Meritt Elliott: Hollywood Power Stylists and Designers Behind The Great
Apr 2, 2018 • 36 min
Emily Current and Meritt Elliot have achieved something that most friends only ever dream about. What started as a college friendship blossomed into a wildly successful business partnership built on mutual respect and admiration. After going their…
Mandana Dayani: Everything But the House Chief Brand Officer
Mar 26, 2018 • 38 min
From an outsider’s point of view, Mandana Dayani was on a clear path to success: After graduating from USC Gould School of Law, she had an offer lined up at a top firm. But something wasn’t right. In episode six of Second Life, the chief brand officer of…
Kelly Oxford: New York Times Best-Selling Author
Mar 19, 2018 • 38 min
It’s hard to sum up Kelly Oxford’s career without resorting to a list. She’s a New York Times best-selling author, screenwriter, sexual assault activist, social media sensation, and mom of three. Oxford wasn’t always career-focused, though. In episode…
Michelle Lee: Allure Editor in Chief
Mar 12, 2018 • 30 min
In the publishing industry, few challenges are as daunting as reinventing a beloved classic, but that’s exactly what Allure Editor in Chief Michelle Lee was asked to do. In episode four of Second Life, Lee explains how she rose to the challenge and chose…
Candace Nelson: Sprinkles Cupcakes Founder
Mar 5, 2018 • 33 min
Few people can be credited with starting a national food craze like Candace Nelson did. The pastry chef and entrepreneur sparked America’s cupcake obsession when she opened Sprinkles Cupcakes in 2005, the first of its kind in the world. In the third…
Jenna Bans: Hollywood Showrunner and Creator of NBC’s Good Girls
Feb 26, 2018 • 33 min
Jenna Bans’s résumé is scarily similar to the list of TV shows we love to binge. As a producer and writer on Grey’s Anatomy, co–executive producer on Scandal, and creator of NBC’s new crime drama, Good Girls, she’s the creative force behind some of the…
Jen Atkin: “The World’s Most Influential Hair Stylist”
Feb 19, 2018 • 30 min
In our very first episode, host Hillary Kerr sits down with the one and only Jen Atkin, celebrity stylist and founder of cult haircare line Ouai. Dubbed the “most influential hairstylist in the world” by The New York Times, Atkin counts Bella Hadid,…
Preview of Second Life, Our New Show
Feb 13, 2018 • 0 min
Join our host, Who What Wear and MyDomaine co-founder Hillary Kerr, as she chronicles the career changes that can come at any age in our new podcast, Second Life.