Our Latest Episode - June 16, 2015
Episode 12 - Season One Finale
Malika James, Celebrity Makeup Artist
Glam Squad Confidential
May 12, 2015
Celebrity makeup artist, Malika James, has always known that she wanted to help make people look beautiful. It was her gift and her joy. But in order to get to do the very thing that she loved, it took going through some pretty ugly experiences and waiting her turn. Tune in to hear how she managed the waiting and what inspires her to keep going.
Jamika Pessoa, Celebrity Chef
From the Boardroom to the Kitchen
April 28, 2015
Celebrity chef, Jamika Pessoa, always thought she’d be running things in the boardroom as a marketing executive. So she was surprised to find out how bored she was by the corporate setting. It was some serious soul-searching that made her realize that her heart was really in the kitchen. Tune in to hear how she made the transition from suits and heels to chef whites.
Delali Kpodzo, Co-Founder, We Are Onyx
Entrepreneur by Fire
April 7, 2015
Delali Kpodzo, co-founder of the beauty subscription service, We Are Onyx, is an unlikely entrepreneur. It was a near hair disaster that led this aspiring film producer to switch gears to launching a beauty business. Unafraid to fake it until she made it, she took her story and shared it with press on her way to building their foundation. Today she’s being sought after to tell her story to aspiring entrepreneurs everywhere. Tune in and listen to the beginnings of the We Are Onyx journey.
Nicole Amarteifio, Showrunner/Creator, An African City
Helping Re-Frame Africa’s Story
March 24, 2015
Nicole Amarteifio is the creator and showrunner of the web series, An African City. Inspired by the HBO series, Sex and the City, she didn’t understand why the love lives and careers of African women couldn’t be showcased to a wide audience so she set out to create a show that served as a reflection of her own life. She didn’t let the fact that she had zero experience or connections in the entertainment industry dissuade her. Hear Nicole’s journey from graduate student to creator of a hugely popular web series.
Myleik Teele, Founder, curlBOX
Nothing to Lose, Everything to Gain
March 10, 2015
Entrepreneur, Myleik Teele, has pretty much got fearlessness down to a science. A millennial innovator, her beauty subscription business, curlBOX, got its start by building a cult following on social media. Today the business is a premier hair sampling box for stylish and savvy women everywhere. Tune in to hear her journey from having nothing to sitting atop a budding empire.
Lena Waithe, Writer/Producer
Trusting Your Gut
February 24, 2015
Writer/Producer, Lena Waithe, left her hometown of Chicago, IL to move to Hollywood and pursue her passion for television. With no connections or an official roadmap, the uncertainty of the road never made her second guess the certainty she had about the way she wanted to use her talents. Hear more about how she’s managed to stay the course in this episode and the advice she has for other aspiring artists.
Episode 05 - Ellen Huerta, Founder, Mend
Making the Leap from Google
February 10, 2015
Ellen Huerta is the founder of the startup, Mend, an online community that aims to help those going through heartbreak. But her past life had her working in a highly coveted role as a Googler. Working her way up the ranks, she eventually realized that all the awesome rewards weren’t enough to compensate for the lack of fire she had for the job. Find out how she found the courage to make her exit and start fresh.
Episode 04 - Part 2 - Franklin Leonard, Founder/CEO The Black List
Choosing Your North Star
January 27, 2015
In part 2 of our conversation with solutionist, Franklin Leonard, he shares the catalyst, the frustration, the fuel and the doubts he had around creating The Black List. An unlikely entrepreneur, he always envisioned himself getting promoted into a top role at a company at some point. But his life’s work has become about building something from scratch. Hear more about that journey in this episode.
Episode 03 - Part 1 - Franklin Leonard, Founder/CEO The Black List
When One Door Closes, Another Door Opens
Episode 02 - Niija Kuykendall, Film Studio Executive
Making a Way Out of No Way
January 13, 2015
Warner Bros creative executive, Niija Kuykendall, grew up in Inglewood, CA and realized her passion for the movie-making process a few years after starting her career in the corporate world. In the highly competitive world of show business, she struggled to get Hollywood to take her creative aspirations seriously. Listen to this episode to hear how she carved out her space in the industry.
Episode 01 - Nkechi Okoro Carroll, TV Writer
Overcoming Your Fear of “No”