Skimm'd from the Couch

By theSkimm

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.

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    Kristen Welker, NBC News Chief White House Correspondent and co-anchor of Weekend TODAY: “This is my advice for anyone doing anything scary…. Think about it. Face it. How are you going to be prepared?”
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    Jessica Lessin, founder and editor-in-chief of The Information: "I’m kind of all business. One of the things I miss about being in an actually the ability for people to see different sides of me and me different sides of them."
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    Emma Grede, co-founder and CEO, Good American: “I feel like so many women I know will struggle with a salary negotiation…. A lot of the time it's down to not really knowing what the other person's key objectives are.”
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    Priyanka Chopra Jonas, actress, producer, entrepreneur, philanthropist: "For a very long time, I...never dealt with the things I was feeling."
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    Dr. Jennifer Aaker and Naomi Bagdonas, co-authors of Humor, Seriously and faculty at Stanford: "Humor creates a window into authenticity and trust."
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    Rachel Hollis, motivational speaker and author: "I might not know all the things, but I will outwork you."
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    Maria Sharapova, tennis champion and founder and CEO, Sugarpova: "There were so many times when I stepped on the court and I wasn't the better player, but I won that last point because...I was just mentally a little bit stronger."
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    Tamron Hall, journalist, television host, executive producer: “You can't be afraid of losing it. Be afraid of not being prepared to lose it.”
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    Naomi Hirabayashi and Marah Lidey, co-founders and co-CEOs, Shine: “The...really important thing we did for one another each other to feel less alone.”
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    Kara Swisher, host of Pivot and Sway podcasts, co-founder of Recode: "When I have someone try to shut me down by insulting me or calling me bossy or outspoken, that's when I go full in."
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    Elaine Welteroth, author, former editor-in-chief, Teen Vogue, incoming co-host, "The Talk": "It's not like you apply for the position of making history."
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    Cindy Crawford, supermodel: "I'm a big fan of faking it till you make it."
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    Linda Johnson Rice, CEO of Johnson Publishing Company: "A lot of times, there is somebody that you need to listen to that might have a better idea.”
  6. 14.
    Noura Sakkijha, co-founder and CEO, Mejuri: "The beginning was really hard. I decided to go into therapy at that point because it was really intense.”
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    Chelsea Hirschhorn, founder and CEO, Frida: "You have to have an aptitude for risk that puts you in a slightly uncomfortable position.”
  8. 16.
    Ramona Hood, CEO, FedEx Custom Critical: "I felt that if I could not lead [with authenticity] then I wasn’t effective.”
  9. 17.
    SFTC Election Special: Careers in Politics with Deesha Dyer, former social secretary, Obama administration
  10. 18.
    SFTC Election Special: Careers in Politics with Elise Jordan, former NSC communications director, George W. Bush administration
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    Ashley Graham, supermodel, entrepreneur and host of Pretty Big Deal: "People want to [put] you into a box. But it's your decision if you want to go along with the molding or not.”
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    Dr. Yaba Blay, scholar-activist: "When I think about my relationship to the academy, part of the struggle was I don't want to talk in academic prose… Because who's gonna see it? And who's it gonna benefit?”
  13. 21.
    SFTC Special: Routine, Reality, and You
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    Bethenny Frankel, founder & CEO, Skinnygirl: "I definitely paved the way for every reality star… I had my eye on the prize from the minute I got in there.”
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    Eva Chen, director of fashion partnerships, Instagram: "I think it's really important if you have a door open [to you], keep it propped open."
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    Misty Copeland, principal dancer, American Ballet Theatre: "I want to diversify [ballet]. I want people to see and know that a Black girl can be a ballerina in a mainstream White company.”
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    Monica Royer, founder and CEO, Monica + Andy: “I literally came into the hospital without thinking about [founding my business] and left the hospital on a mission.”
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    Kim Cattrall, actress and producer: “I have self worth. And I’m expensive.”
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    Lilli Gordon, founder and CEO, First Aid Beauty: “You have to have this crazy, almost irrational, belief in your own ability to get something done.”
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    Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins, co-founder and CEO of Promise: "When you feel like you're fighting for justice, it empowers you in a different way because it's not just for you…. And I think that makes you very powerful."
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    Jeni Britton Bauer, founder and Chief Creative Officer, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams: “Sometimes the things that seem like your disadvantages can be your advantages.”
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    Leslie Blodgett, former CEO and founder, bareMinerals: “I learned that when I'm desperate, when I can't seem to find my way, is when I get most creative.”
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    Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO of Feeding America: "I learned that I had cancer.... I was changed after that…. It forced me to say, 'Are you living what matters the most to you?'"
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    Lori Gottlieb, psychotherapist and author: "The uncomfortable is a great place to be."
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    Abby Wambach: “If you're not a good leader on the bench, you cannot call yourself a good leader on the field.”
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    BONUS EPISODE with Betsey Johnson, fashion designer: “I’ve played my life very instinctively.”
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    Judy Smith, crisis management expert and founder of Smith & Company: "I [was] sitting in the Oval, just kickin' it with the president..."
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    Tina Tchen, CEO of Time’s Up: "Building better workplaces for our employees [is]...essential to build resilient workforces and workplaces for the future."
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    BONUS EPISODE with Claire Wasserman, founder of Ladies Get Paid and host of "Friends Who Talk About Money": "You will probably make more money if you talk about it."
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    Teresa Carlson, VP, Worldwide Public Sector at Amazon Web Services: “Write your own job description.”
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    Norah O’Donnell, anchor of the 'CBS Evening News': "Preparation builds confidence and confidence builds success."
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    Carmen Rita Wong, author, host, and financial expert: “People say, ‘Oh, this door closed. This door closed.’ And I'd be like, ‘Well, I'll take a chainsaw and make a door.’”
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    Julie Greenwald, chairman & COO, Atlantic Records: “You have to outwork everybody else.”
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    Tiffany R. Warren, SVP, Chief Diversity Officer at Omnicom: “Being a microphone for people who can't be in the room is an honor and a power that I take extremely seriously.”
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    Padma Lakshmi: “We're not taught to advocate for ourselves at the expense of maybe ruffling some feathers.”
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    Loni Love, comedian and co-host of The Real: “I want people to be inspired.”
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    Ariane Goldman, founder and CEO of HATCH: “Fear and ambition together is incredibly powerful.”
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    Lindsay Peoples Wagner, Editor-in-Chief of Teen Vogue: “Empathy is everything.”
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    Jennifer Justice, entertainment exec and founder, The Justice Department: “I started seeing that when I advocated for people, it was different than other people doing it.”
  40. 48.
    BONUS EPISODE with Kaylin Marcotte, founder and CEO of JIGGY
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    Laura Prepon, actress and director: “People are going to tell you no. That cannot deter you.”
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    Adriana Cisneros, CEO of Cisneros: "I think when you have a crisis... it is kind of a unique opportunity to really think about what matters to the core of [a] business and rethink it.”

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