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The Confab Podcast
40 minutes | 2 months ago
Why It Takes Female Founders to Shape the Cannabis Industry for Women
The $13billion cannabis industry is estimated to grow to $30billion in the us by 2025. Our first guest April Pride is known as the godmother of the women in weed movement and host of the podcast How to Do the Pot. She’ll tell us how women business owners have lost marketshare, how women consumers have been ignored, and how she’s trying to change that. Our second guest Laura Eisman will tell us how her company Her Highness NYC is packaging up cannabis in solution-specific products including remedies for sleep, sex, and stress.
33 minutes | 4 months ago
How to Raise Venture Capital for Female Entrepreneurs with Leslie Feinzaig of the Female Founder’s Alliance
Over 90% of venture capital dollars are controlled by men. Until that number changes, women looking for VC money need to play the game. Guest Leslie Feinzaig wants to teach you the rules. Her company, the Female Founder’s Alliance, helps women entrepreneurs “communicate their story in a way that investors can rally behind.” She talks with Nancy about pitching to men, common pitfalls to avoid, and why women need to talk to each other about hot deals.
35 minutes | 5 months ago
Gennev with Jill Angelo
38 million women are going through menopause at any one time. Talk about a sizeable market with high need to know. And yet, you will hear in this interview about the barriers to entry Jill Angelo had to jump to begin her company: Male investors who go ick, women who don’t want to talk about it (it means I’m getting old), gynecologists who have little training or interest in it. With all those challenges, Jill is trying to bring menopause out of hiding and women out of silent suffering.
34 minutes | 7 months ago
Hanky Panky with Gale Epstein and Lida Orzeck
In 1977, Gale Epstein gave her friend Lida Orzeck a bra and panty set, handcrafted out of embroidered handkerchiefs. From there, a business idea was born. Today, Hanky Panky is a 50-million-dollar business, selling an average of one thong per second. In this episode, Gale and Lida discuss how to start, run, and enjoy a business without outside investment. Hanky Panky has refused all offers of a buyout. Instead, the company is employee-owned, proof that it is possible to stay small while being big.
28 minutes | 9 months ago
Lizzie Magie: The Woman Who Invented Monopoly
Journalist Mary Pilon, in her page-turning book The Monopolists, hunts down the true story of the woman who invented the most popular board game in the world. Monopoly inventor and forgotten feminist Lizzie Magie died in 1948, thinking she was a failure, having received a total of $500 for the rights to her game. We hear about Magie’s vision and mission for the game, as well as her futile fight to defend her work and legacy, which Pilon resolutely revives from the sidelines of history.
32 minutes | 10 months ago
Seed Sisters Pt. 2: How Hattie Carthan Pioneered the Urban Environmental Movement
Hattie Carthan is the mother of the urban environmental movement in America that she single-handedly kicked off when she got fed up with watching her Brooklyn neighborhood deteriorate. Her mantra was: Save a Tree, Save a Neighborhood, and she pursued it relentlessly -- leading a grassroots movement well into her 70s. Marlon Rice, Executive Director of the Magnolia Tree Earth Center, the non-profit dedicated to environmental education that Hattie started, talks to us about her work and legacy.
31 minutes | 10 months ago
Seed Sisters Pt. 1: How Does Your Garden Grow? Crafting a Global Brand with Botanical Paperworks Founder Heidi Reimer Epp
Twenty years ago, Heidi Reimer Epp and her mom started a company by hand-making paper in their basement. Today they run a seven-figure business operating out of an 11,000 square foot manufacturing plant of their own. They’ve expanded to 36 countries, and Botanical Paperworks is now a world-leading maker of seed paper – actual, plantable paper that grows into flowers, herbs, or vegetables. Heidi talks about scaling, manufacturing, creating new product lines and finding new markets.
33 minutes | a year ago
Success Bully with Keita Williams
When Keita Williams turned her biggest rock bottom into an ah-ha moment, the Success Bully was born. Keita became an accountability evangelist and expert in motivating even the worst procrastinators to get sh*t done. In this episode, she describes common roadblocks that too often keep women entrepreneurs stuck, and gives solutions that will get you to the next step of your journey. Hint: Perfectionism is procrastination. Procrastination is fear.
31 minutes | a year ago
Mentor Session: Hillary Graves from Little Dish and Jessie Taige from Jessie’s Nutty Cups
In two years of business, Jessie Taige has built a cult following of nutty cup lovers. With distribution listings in Whole Foods and Murray’s Cheese Shop, a booming Cup-of-the-Month Club, and a growing list of corporate and institutional clients, Jessie’s ready to take her business to the next level. So, how does she get there? Raise money? Staff up? Successful food entrepreneur Hillary Graves, Founder of Little Dish — the leading food brand for children in the UK that recently launched in the US — joins us for a Confab Mentor Session to help Jessie figure out the right move to get her where she wants to go.
37 minutes | a year ago
Madam C.J. Walker: The First Self-Made Woman Millionaire
In our inaugural episode we sit down with A’Lelia Bundles, the great-great granddaughter of Madam C.J. Walker (1867-1919) and author of the biography Self Made (previously published as On Her Own Ground). Born in Louisiana after the Civil War, orphaned at seven, married at 14, widowed at 20, working as a washerwoman, Walker went on to become not only one of the most successful female founders in history, but also a social activist, great philanthropist, and visionary firebrand for black women's economic empowerment.
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