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...Show More

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“Investors want to hear what drives you” -- Anu Duggal and Sutian Dong, Partners of Female Founders Fund, on how to nail your pitch. -Episode 045

31:39 | Feb 20th

Anu Duggal and Sutian Dong are the partners of Female Founders Fund, where they invest in tech companies started by women. Anu began her career as an entrepreneur -- including starting India’s first wine bar, and an e-commerce company. Sutian came fr...Show More

“Right now” – Rebecca Jarvis, Chief Business, Tech, and Economics Correspondent at ABC News, on the last time she negotiated for herself. - Episode 047

30:41 | Mar 6th

Rebecca Jarvis grew up with two passions: journalism and econ. As a teenager, she was even a reporter for a local kids’ program in Minnesota. But after college, Rebecca decided to go into finance. Years later, she got back to journalism. Today, she’s...Show More

Founder Chat: Crying at Work

12:14 | Apr 12th, 2018

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.

Leandra Medine: Founder of Man Repeller - Episode 005

20:42 | Mar 7th, 2018

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 ...Show More

“Instinct is everything” – Chelsea Handler, comedian, on knowing it’s time to make a change. - Episode 053

32:56 | Apr 17th

It’s Stress Awareness Month. Chelsea Handler has been working on managing hers. You know Chelsea as the comedian … turned late-night host … turned Netflix documentarian … turned activist and advocate. And she just became a 5-time best-selling author ...Show More

“Failure’s kind of like a hike. When you’re doing it, it really sucks” – Tracy Sun, Cofounder and SVP of New Markets at Poshmark, on being a serial entrepreneur. - Episode 052

34:14 | Apr 10th

Tracy Sun is an expert at making big changes in her career. She started off as a neuroscience researcher. Casual. But then she decided to follow her passion for fashion and business. Throughout her career, she’s helped start – and grow – several comp...Show More

LIVE: “Imposter syndrome is real. But the joke is that Bill and Henry have it, too.” – Sarah Goldberg, lead actress on HBO’s “Barry”, on how even the greats fake it til they make it. - Episode 051

34:57 | Apr 3rd

Sarah Goldberg has been passionate about acting since she was a little kid. She got her first big break at the Young Vic Theatre in London, but eventually made the switch from the stage to the screen. Now you know her as Sally on HBO’s “Barry,” the s...Show More

LIVE: “Storytelling is a bridge-builder” – Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD, on how media can help create change across communities. - Episode 050

36:28 | Mar 27th

Sarah Kate Ellis started her career in the magazine industry, where she helped launch and revitalize major media brands at outlets like InStyle, Vogue, and New York Magazine. Now, she’s the President and CEO of GLAAD. Translation: she’s an expert at ...Show More

“It’s not a sob story that gets you the check” – Arlan Hamilton, Founder and Managing Partner of Backstage Capital, on why investing is about where you’re going, not where you’ve been. - Episode 049

40:19 | Mar 20th

Arlan Hamilton started her career in the music industry, working with artists like Jason Derulo, Toni Braxton, and CeeLo Green. But in 2015, she took a look at Silicon Valley and saw a major lack of diversity there. So she decided to change it. Casua...Show More

“You just have to swing for the home run” – Katia Beauchamp, Co-founder and CEO of Birchbox, on what drives her. - Episode 048

39:00 | Mar 13th

Katia Beauchamp started her career in finance. But after a few years, she decided that she didn’t feel challenged. So Katia switched gears … and went to Harvard Business School. Casual. That’s where she met her cofounder, Hayley Barna. And together, ...Show More

Bonus: Meet ‘Skimm This’

01:13 | Mar 1st

If you like hearing from us once a week, how about audio from theSkimm every day? Our daily news podcast, ‘Skimm This,’ launches on Monday. Every weekday, we’re breaking down the most important stories of the day and explaining why they matter. Searc...Show More

“Not listening” -- Peggy Johnson, EVP of Business Development at Microsoft, on the biggest mistake people make when negotiating - Episode 046

30:53 | Feb 27th

You might’ve noticed that we’ve been talking about money lately at theSkimm. A big part of money 101: knowing how to negotiate. Peggy Johnson’s an expert. She’s the EVP of business development at Microsoft. Translation: she drives strategic partnersh...Show More

“The yin to your yang” -- Amber Venz Box, Co-founder and President of RewardStyle, on what to look for in a business partner. - Episode 044

30:28 | Feb 13th

Valentine’s Day is coming up. And Amber Venz Box knows a thing or two about making relationships work … at work. She’s the president of RewardStyle -- the company she founded with her then-boyfriend, now-husband Baxter. Amber started out as a persona...Show More

“Dammit, drag another seat up.” -Rebecca Minkoff, co-founder and creative director of Rebecca Minkoff LLC, on how to advocate for other women at work. - Episode 043

37:55 | Feb 6th

New York Fashion Week kicks off this week. So we sat down with Rebecca Minkoff -- the co-founder and creative director of, you guessed it, Rebecca Minkoff, LLC. That’s the fashion brand she started in 2005 with her brother. Since then, their company ...Show More

“The feedback is how I built my business” --Arielle Charnas, founder of Something Navy, on her approach to criticism. - Episode 042

31:20 | Jan 30th

Arielle Charnas is the super influencer behind the style blog-turned-brand Something Navy. Arielle started the blog in 2009, when she was just 22 years old. And since then, she’s gained a following of more than a million people. Last year, she launch...Show More

“Find a ‘why’” -- Jillian Michaels, author and fitness expert, on how to stay focused on your goals. - Episode 041

33:42 | Jan 23rd

New Skimm’d from the Couch. We’re starting off the year with the queen of motivation, Jillian Michaels. You might remember Jillian from her role as a trainer on the hit NBC show, “The Biggest Loser,” or from her fitness DVDs. But you might...Show More

“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

36:25 | Dec 19th, 2018

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 o...Show More

“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

34:55 | Dec 12th, 2018

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 so...Show More

"Look for a void" -- Martha Stewart, founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, on how to start a successful business. - Episode 038

33:19 | Dec 5th, 2018

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 busines...Show More

“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

32:12 | Nov 28th, 2018

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 wa...Show More

“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

32:23 | Nov 21st, 2018

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 se...Show More

“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

33:46 | Nov 14th, 2018

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 li...Show More

“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

30:24 | Oct 31st, 2018

Midterm elections are in T minus 6 days. Politicians are trying to convince you to hire them. And behind every 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...Show More

“Stay in your lane” -- AshLee Strong, National Press Secretary for House Speaker Paul Ryan, on the worst advice she’s ever received. - Episode 033

31:57 | Oct 31st, 2018

Midterm elections are in T minus 6 days. Politicians are trying to convince you to hire them. And behind every 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...Show More

“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

26:33 | Oct 24th, 2018

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 colleg...Show More

“Say yes to everything,” --Katie Couric, Founder of Katie Couric Media, on how to stand out at your first job.

35:50 | Oct 19th, 2018

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...Show More

“Be prepared to thicken your skin” -- Tory Burch, founder of Tory Burch LLC, on her best advice for starting a business. - Episode 031

30:19 | Oct 17th, 2018

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 designer...Show More

“I thought that meant I couldn’t act” -- actor Taraji P Henson, on getting rejected for the first time. - Episode 030

32:33 | Oct 10th, 2018

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 seri...Show More

“Start with the end in mind” -- Nancy Brinker, founder of the Susan G Komen Foundation, on her best advice for making change. - Episode 029

32:30 | Oct 3rd, 2018

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 sin...Show More

“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

35:00 | Sep 26th, 2018

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, Ch...Show More

“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

36:04 | Sep 19th, 2018

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 ma...Show More

“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

37:29 | Sep 12th, 2018

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 g...Show More

“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

36:52 | Sep 5th, 2018

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 ...Show More

“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

31:02 | Aug 15th, 2018

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...Show More

“I’m incredibly immature” -- Michele Promaulayko, Editor in Chief of Cosmopolitan, on how she stays connected to a younger audience - Episode 023

34:08 | Aug 8th, 2018

Michele Promaulayko fell in love with magazines as a teenager. Since then, she’s gone from dreaming about building a career in publishing, working at places like Women’s Health and Yahoo Health. Today, she’s the editor in chief of Cosm...Show More

Founder Chat: Getting dad-vice

09:27 | Aug 2nd, 2018

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 dramed...Show More

“Chief Weed Officer” -- Melanie Whelan, CEO of SoulCycle, on her bad habits. Not the kind you’re thinking, promise.

25:25 | Aug 1st, 2018

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 e...Show More

“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

39:46 | Jul 25th, 2018

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 k...Show More

“Cool, curious, and connected” Mindy Grossman, President and CEO of Weight Watchers, on her three C’s for hiring.

37:54 | Jul 18th, 2018

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 mo...Show More

“All I wanted was comfortable clothes to sweat in” -- Tyler Haney, Founder and CEO of Outdoor Voices - Episode 019

31:01 | Jul 11th, 2018

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 in...Show More

"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

32:08 | Jul 4th, 2018

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 weddin...Show More

“No one is as invested in the business as you” -- Ariel Kaye, Founder and CEO of Parachute - Episode 017

22:48 | Jun 27th, 2018

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 t...Show More

Linnea Roberts: Founder and CEO of Gingerbread Capital - Episode 016

33:43 | Jun 20th, 2018

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. ...Show More

Founder Chat: Learning How To Manage

08:40 | Jun 14th, 2018

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...Show More

Gregg Renfrew: Founder and CEO of Beautycounter - Episode 015

22:50 | Jun 13th, 2018

Gregg Renfrew is all about side hustles. On her resume: everything from starting a cleaning company in launching a biz to make dress shopping less awful for bridesmaids. These days, she’s the founder and CEO of Beautycounter. Aka the com...Show More

Founder Chat: Cash Money 101

11:13 | Jun 7th, 2018

This week at theSkimm is all about your wallet. On the couch, Hope Taitz talked to us about how women can control their own controlling their cash money. Also happening this week: intern season. On this episode, we answer money q’s from ...Show More

Hope Taitz: CEO and Managing Partner of ELY Capital - Episode 014

30:44 | Jun 6th, 2018

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 tal...Show More

Founder Chat: You v. You

09:00 | May 31st, 2018

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

36:11 | May 30th, 2018

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 manageme...Show More

Founder Chat: Using Your Superpower

11:00 | May 24th, 2018

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

30:01 | May 23rd, 2018

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 a nationwide e-commerce business. She talks to us about getting ...Show More

Founder Chat: Working with Women

10:48 | May 17th, 2018

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

32:53 | May 16th, 2018

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...Show More

Joanna Coles: Chief Content Officer of Hearst Magazines - Episode 010

34:46 | Apr 11th, 2018

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 ...Show More

Founder Chat: Making a Career Change

10:56 | Apr 5th, 2018

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

23:00 | Apr 4th, 2018

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 wha...Show More

Founder Chat: Turning Your Side Hustle into a Business

12:18 | Mar 29th, 2018

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...Show More

Sara Blakely: Founder and CEO of Spanx - Episode 008

25:09 | Mar 28th, 2018

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. Sh...Show More

Jenny Fleiss: Co-Founder of Rent the Runway, Co-Founder/CEO of Code Eight - Episode 007

23:44 | Mar 21st, 2018

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 talke...Show More

Nancy Dubuc: CEO of Vice Media, Former President and CEO of A+E Networks - Episode 006

24:58 | Mar 14th, 2018

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. Sh...Show More

Sallie Krawcheck: Co-Founder and CEO of Ellevest - Episode 004

31:43 | Feb 28th, 2018

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. ...Show More

Reshma Saujani: Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code - Episode 003

16:51 | Feb 21st, 2018

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 Congres...Show More

Tina Brown: Editor, Author, and Founder/CEO of Tina Brown Live Media - Episode 002

28:17 | Feb 14th, 2018

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...Show More

Whitney Wolfe Herd: Founder and CEO of Bumble - Episode 001

21:54 | Feb 6th, 2018

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 ...Show More

Available Now: Skimm'd from The Couch

01:17 | Feb 6th, 2018

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.