WSJ Secrets of Wealthy Women

The Wall Street Journal

Empower yourself financially. Successful women executives, workplace pioneers, self-made entrepreneurs, industry trendsetters and money-savvy experts reveal insights on how to get ahead, reach your goals, and achieve professional success. They join host Veronica Dagher every Tuesday.

All Episodes

Toni Ko, founder of NYX Cosmetics and Bespoke Beauty Brands, tells WSJ's Veronica Dagher how she's launching a new makeup line amid the pandemic. Help us shape our future coverage of women and money. Share your feedback at wsj.com/secrets

Sep 2020

14 min 38 sec

Katie Rodan and Kathy Fields, co-founders of skincare treatment Proactiv and their namesake brand, Rodan + Fields, tell WSJ's Veronica Dagher what they've learned about partnership and building companies.

Sep 2020

26 min 28 sec

Emily Ramshaw, cofounder of women-focused nonprofit media company the 19th*, tells WSJ's Veronica Dagher how she's adapted her organization to the coronavirus and why the untold stories of the female electorate matter.

Sep 2020

12 min 53 sec

Angela Yee, co-host of the nationally syndicated radio show The Breakfast Club, tells WSJ's Veronica Dagher how she manages multiple streams of income and what she's learned about investing.

Sep 2020

24 min 46 sec

Tami Erwin, executive vice president and chief executive of Verizon Business Group, tells WSJ's Veronica Dagher how she's adapted her 26,000 employees to remote work and what managers can do to help working parents thrive in the pandemic.

Aug 2020

27 min 25 sec

Marla Beck, co-founder and chief executive of beauty company Bluemercury, tells WSJ's Veronica Dagher how she's adapted her business amid the pandemic and what's ahead for the luxury beauty industry.

Aug 2020

27 min 50 sec

Vanessa Williams, award-winning actress and singer, tells WSJ's Veronica Dagher how she's coped with racism in the entertainment industry and how she's working to end inequality for other performers.

Aug 2020

27 min 44 sec

Erin Loos Cutraro, founder of She Should Run, tells WSJ's Veronica Dagher what prevents women from running for elected office and how she's working to change that.

Aug 2020

27 min 15 sec

Sarah Deer, Native American lawyer and MacArthur fellow, tells WSJ's Veronica Dagher how she's worked for justice for Native survivors of sexual abuse and domestic violence and why the recent Supreme Court Oklahoma land ruling matters.

Jul 2020

25 min 52 sec

Karen Altfest, executive vice president of Altfest Personal Wealth Management, tells WSJ's Veronica Dagher how she's managed a long career in finance and how she's helped women and widows.

Jul 2020

23 min 40 sec

Stacy Lewis, a professional golfer on the LPGA tour, explains to WSJ's Veronica Dagher how the sport has changed for women and how she's getting through the pandemic.

Jul 2020

18 min 56 sec

Jane Schwartzberg, managing director at UBS wealth management, tells WSJ's Veronica Dagher how serious illness forced her to get involved with her finances and why managing money before an emergency is so important.

Jul 2020

20 min 21 sec

In this encore episode, Carol Lavin Bernick, the former executive chairman of Alberto-Culver, tells WSJ's Veronica Dagher about her family business and how she's helping restaurant owners and families during the coronavirus crisis.

Jul 2020

29 min 47 sec

Arlan Hamilton, founder and managing partner of Backstage Capital, tells WSJ's Veronica Dagher how she's helping to make the venture capital world more diverse and how far the industry still has to go.

Jun 2020

29 min 50 sec

Yeardley Smith, who plays "Lisa" on the hit show The Simpsons, tells WSJ's Veronica Dagher how she learned to accept her voice and how she uses it to be an ally to the LGBT community.

Jun 2020

30 min 17 sec

Lanaya Irvin, president of the Center for Talent Innovation, tells WSJ's Veronica Dagher why she thinks it's important to have discussions about race in the workplace and how the killing of George Floyd sparked a conversation at her own organization.

Jun 2020

27 min 4 sec

Terri Jackson, executive director of the Women's National Basketball Players Association, tells WSJ's Veronica Dagher how she negotiated a big pay raise on behalf of the players and how she's helping steward the league's union through the coronavirus crisis.

Jun 2020

28 min 59 sec

Julie Smolyansky, chief executive of Lifeway Foods, tells WSJ's Veronica Dagher how she's coped with crises and adapted her family's cultured milk business amid the coronavirus.

May 2020

28 min 3 sec

In this encore episode, Kelley Brooke, director of golf at the Bethpage Golf Course and the 2018 LPGA Professional of the Year, tells WSJ's Veronica Dagher how she thinks golf will change as courses reopen and how she's thrived as a woman in the sport.

May 2020

25 min 22 sec

In this encore episode, comedian, writer and disabilities advocate Maysoon Zayid tells WSJ's Veronica Dagher how the coronavirus has impacted those who perform for a living and how she's coping financially.

May 2020

29 min 26 sec

In this encore episode, Naomi Hirabayshi, co-founder and co-creator of the Shine app, gives WSJ's Veronica Dagher an update on how the wellness company has adapted during the coronavirus crisis and why she thinks it's become more socially acceptable to speak about mental health issues. Text or call our Secrets hotline at (314) 200-5947 to let us know how you're managing your mental health and wellness during the coronavirus crisis. We might use your comment on an upcoming show.

May 2020

28 min 59 sec

Cate Luzio, founder of Luminary, a female-focused work space in NYC, explains how she's adapting her business in a world of social-distancing. What's your secret to staying calm and managing your career and money during this difficult time? Text or call in your survival strategy to our hotline at (314) 200-5947 and we may share it on the podcast.

Apr 2020

27 min 5 sec

In this encore episode, Mona Sinha, board chair of Women Moving Millions, tells WSJs' Veronica Dagher how women can work together to help society's most vulnerable people and why she's raising awareness about gender inequality. If you're a small business owner, we'd like to hear from you. Call or text our Secrets hotline at (314) 200-5947 and share your tips for keeping your business afloat.

Apr 2020

20 min 16 sec

Meredith Moore, a financial planner and founder of Artisan Financial Strategies, talks to WSJ's Veronica Dagher about how to manage finances in this difficult time. She talks about taking control of your finances in a downturn (1:28), where to draw from for financial support (7:55), and which financial plans to put on hold (12:37). We want to remind listeners that even if you find tips from WSJ or Meredith helpful, it's important to consult a certified financial professional before making any personal financial decisions. If you have a question or comment about how to tackle your career and money, you can text or call our Secrets hotline at (314) 200-5947. We may use your message on one of our podcasts.

Apr 2020

21 min 23 sec

Dawn Lafreeda, one of the largest Denny's franchisees in the country, tells WSJ's Veronica Dagher how she's running 90 restaurants during the past month and how she's supporting her employees during the coronavirus pandemic. For next week's episode: Have a question about your personal finances that you'd like answered on the show? Text or call-in to our Secrets hotline at (314)-200-5947.

Apr 2020

26 min 55 sec

Marianne Ruggiero, a career coach, explains to the WSJ's Veronica Dagher, how to navigate your career amid the coronavirus crisis or rebuild it if you've already lost your job. Have a question about your personal finances that you'd like answered on the show? Text or call-in to our Secrets hotline at (314)-200-5947. You may be featured on one of our podcasts. Google Analytics and Excel Ninja were resources mentioned on the show.

Apr 2020

24 min 1 sec

Karol Ward, a therapist and confidence coach, explains to WSJ's Veronica Dagher how to deal with the current situation. Have a question about managing your career or want to share your strategy for work success during this time? Text or call-in a message to our Secrets hotline at (314) 200-5947. You may be featured on one of our podcasts. For further support, contact your company's employee assistance program. Calm and Headspace were meditation apps mentioned on the show. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1800-273-8255.

Mar 2020

25 min 44 sec

In this encore episode, Wendy Nguyen, Instagram star and founder of Wendy's Lookbook, tells WSJ's Veronica Dagher how trauma helped fuel her success as a social-media influencer and CBD entrepreneur.

Mar 2020

23 min 29 sec

Emily Ramshaw, former Texas Tribune editor-in-chief and co-founder of The 19th* talks to WSJ's Veronica Dagher about the challenges of launching a nonprofit media company and how covering women and politics could change the national conversation.

Mar 2020

24 min 10 sec

Toni Ko, founder of NYX Cosmetics and serial entrepreneur, speaks with WSJ's Veronica Dagher about the business lessons she learned from her Korean parents, the lack of glamour in entrepreneurship, and the surprise disappointment of a well-earned early retirement.

Feb 2020

29 min 33 sec

Best-selling cookbook author and restaurateur Lidia Bastianich tells the WSJ's Veronica Dagher how she created her global food empire, thrived in a male-dominated industry and what she's doing to make commercial kitchens safer for women.

Feb 2020

23 min 21 sec

Best-selling Chilean-American author Isabel Allende speaks with the WSJ's Veronica Dagher about her new book, "A Long Petal of the Sea," a novel that tackles immigration, how she coped with enormous tragedy and why she's excited about aging.

Feb 2020

22 min 45 sec

Former supermodel turned business mogul Kathy Ireland speaks with WSJ's Veronica Dagher about her new book, "Fashion Jungle," a novel about sexual harassment in the fashion industry, how she's maintained her brand identity despite an expansive empire and how to turn rejection and negative feedback into a career boost.

Feb 2020

20 min 50 sec

Maeve DuVally, a managing director at Goldman Sachs, tells WSJ's Veronica Dagher how she transitioned while working at a major financial firm and how she found her authentic self.

Jan 2020

17 min 1 sec

Shine app co-founders, Naomi Hirabayshi and Marah Lidey, tell WSJ's Veronica Dagher how as two young, female tech founders and women of color what it's like to start a company with a friend, raise venture capital funding and change the conversation about mental health.

Jan 2020

23 min 16 sec

In this encore episode, Jen Sincero, author of the 'You are a Badass' book series, tells the WSJ's Veronica Dagher how to get out of your own way and achieve your goals.

Dec 2019

17 min 49 sec

Career coaches Marianne Ruggiero and Rita Kakati Shah tell the WSJ's Veronica Dagher how to benchmark your career success, land a sponsor and get paid what you're worth.

Dec 2019

29 min 11 sec

Therese Tucker, founder and chief executive of software company BlackLine Inc., explains to WSJ's Veronica Dagher how her gender shaped her career and why she chose to start a technology company.

Dec 2019

21 min 18 sec

In a special panel discussion, three personal finance experts -- Stacy Tisdale, Erin Lowry and Jill Schlesinger -- join the Wall Street Journal's Veronica Dagher to discuss how they've coped with different types of debt and give tips on how to get out.

Dec 2019

24 min 43 sec

Carol Lavin Bernick, the former executive chairman of Alberto-Culver, speaks to the WSJ's Veronica Dagher about taking over her family's business, earning the respect of her peers and instilling a work ethic in her children.

Nov 2019

28 min 9 sec

In a special panel discussion, four African-American executives and entrepreneurs, Jennefer Witter, Ebony Reed, Minda Harts and Arielle Patrick join the Wall Street Journal's Veronica Dagher to discuss the challenges they've faced in the workplace, how they've overcome these obstacles and share their tips for success.

Nov 2019

29 min 53 sec

Marianne Harrison tells WSJ's Veronica Dagher how she became the first female chief executive of John Hancock, one of the largest life insurers in the United States, how she landed a big pay raise and how she's increasing diversity at her company.

Nov 2019

16 min 5 sec

Frida Polli, co-founder and chief executive of Pymetrics, a company that uses artificial intelligence and behavioral neuroscience to help reduce bias in hiring, tells the Wall Street Journal's Veronica Dagher about the obstacles she's overcome as a female technology entrepreneur and how working single mothers can succeed.

Nov 2019

29 min 3 sec

Former New York Road Runners CEO and New York City Marathon race director Mary Wittenberg tells the Wall Street Journal's Veronica Dagher about inspiring women to embrace health and fitness, as well as her new passion for the EF Education First pro cycling organization.

Oct 2019

25 min 56 sec

Liesel Pritzker Simmons is philanthropist and Co-Founder of Blue Haven Initiative, a family office that invests for profit and with a purpose. She tells the Wall Street Journal's Veronica Dagher why every investment has an impact, and how we can create positive change through investing.

Oct 2019

24 min 47 sec

Deirdre Quinn, CEO of Lafayette 148 New York, tells the Wall Street Journal's Veronica Dagher how a life-long love of fashion inspired her to forge ahead in creating her own global brand.

Oct 2019

27 min 5 sec

Deborah Norville is an award winning television anchor, Viacom board member, and the host of Inside Edition. She tells the Wall Street Journal's Veronica Dagher the key lessons she's learned from career setbacks, and what motivates her to stay in the game.

Oct 2019

25 min 4 sec

Miko Branch, CEO of popular haircare line, Miss Jessie's, tells the Wall Street Journal's Veronica Dagher how she built a successful business from the ground up and became a pioneer in the natural hair care industry.

Oct 2019

20 min 12 sec

Wendy Nguyen, founder of Wendy's Lookbook, tells the Wall Street Journal's Veronica Dagher how surviving an early life of trauma fueled her to become a successful entrepreneur - from Instagram stardom to a budding CBD business.

Sep 2019

22 min 13 sec

Gail Simmons is an accomplished food writer and cookbook author, best known for serving as a permanent judge on the popular series Top Chef. She tells the Wall Street Journal's Veronica Dagher how she turned her life's passions into the career of her dreams.

Sep 2019

23 min 11 sec