Knatokie Ford is Using Pop Culture to Inspire the Next Generation of STEM Innovators

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Dr. Knatokie Ford is the founder and CEO of Fly Sci Enterprise, LLC, an innovative consulting organization that delivers science to people through creative content, focusing on presenting the “cool” and relatable aspects of STEM. In this episode, Jess and Knatokie discuss how she found her path in STEM that ultimately led her to the position of Senior Policy Advisor at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) during the Obama Administration. Today, Knatokie is focused on leading an extremely important conversation about how our media and entertainment represent diversity in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. 

Kat Gordon is Moving Advertising Beyond the 3%

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After working the advertising industry for almost 30 years, Kat Gordon saw first-hand how the lack of female creative directors at ad agencies (at that time, just 3% of creative directors were women) impacted the way women were depicted in advertising media. In this episode, Jess and Kat discuss how she turned her love for writing into a career in creative advertising and the growth of inclusion that she’s built for her industry along the way. Once Kat realized what was happening to female creatives from inside the ad-world, she connected with people who supported her mission and trailblazed a movement to take the percentage of women in creative advertising beyond 3%. 

 

Tracy Van Houten is Preparing to Launch from NASA to Capitol Hill

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After spending 13 years as an aerospace engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, Tracy Van Houten is on a mission to fight the Trump agendas from her very own seat at the table. She recently decided to run for a House seat in the 34th District of California Special Election. In this episode, Jess and Tracy discuss the path she took that has led her from being a woman in rocket science to aspiring to be a woman in political science. Learn how she got her campaign for office off the ground (and how you can run, too), and what she plans to do if she is elected to Congress on April 4th.

Amani Al-Khatahtbeh is Getting Real About Being Young, Female and Muslim in a Trump Presidency

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Muslim voices have been silenced in mainstream media, but Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, the founder of MuslimGirl.com, is building a platform for amplification. In this episode, Jess and Amani jump right back in for a “part two” of their conversation from our last episode. This time, Amani is getting real about Islamophobia, intersectional feminism, and how we can all be better allies to Muslims during a Trump presidency.

Vivian Odior is Branding the Culture of Tomorrow

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Some people simply go to work to get a job done, but Vivian Odior is deeply invested in the social impact of her work as a Senior Brand Manager. In this episode, Jess and Vivian discuss her unique career path to Brand Manager and how she uses her passion for helping girls live a healthy lifestyle as fuel to create brand marketing messages that push our culture and society forward.

Samantha Ettus is Making Us Re-think Work-Life Balance

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Author and entrepreneur Samantha Ettus is an expert on creating work-life balance. Her most recent publication of “The Pie Life” sparked a lot of conversation around the idea that moms shouldn’t step away from their careers to raise their children. In this episode of Talk to Jess, Sam & Jess dive deeper into some of the work-life balance philosophy expressed in her book and why she feels it’s best to protect her children from the sexism prevailing in this year’s election.

Bernadette Anat is the Queen of Teen Self-Esteem

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Bernadette Anat has cultivated a career that allows her to put everything she loves together: teens, the media, trends, and empowerment. From working alongside the Editor-in-Chief at Seventeen Magazine, being a teen advisor at YMCA, and now producing on the Teens & Emerging Trends team at Instagram, Berna has built expertise in understanding and connecting with our youth. In this episode, Jess and Berna explore how finding and following her passion for teens led her into the world of social media where she’s been able to create the career of her dreams. If you’re like me and wonder what goes on in the social media world for teens, Berna has you covered. She’s giving both parents and teens her insight, tips and tricks on how to navigate the good, the bad and the best of social media.

Tammy & Christen are Changing The World of Education, One Girl At A Time

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Tammy Tibbetts and Christen Brandt first connected through a scholarship that afforded them the opportunity to be the first in their families to attend and graduate college. Years later, they came together to pay-it-forward and make quality education accessible to girls around the world through their non-profit organization, She‘s The FirstThey’ve raised over $1M to fund scholarships, resources, advocacy, and networking opportunities for more than 800 girls worldwide. In this episode, Jess talks with Christen & Tammy about what it took to take a risk to follow their dreams and how by educating girls, we are truly able to change the world.

 

Luvvie Ajayi is Judging You

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Luvvie Ajayi has spent years cultivating “Awesomely Luvvie,” a go-to humor blog for the latest in pop culture. In her authentic voice of snark, humor, brilliance, and activism all rolled into one, Luvvie covers all grounds from celebrity news to tech and social justice. In this episode, Jess and Luvvie explore how she has developed her savvy in the digital and tech spaces, built an insatiable audience, the importance of Black voices and representation in media, and how you can become an ally in speaking up against everyday racism. Luvvie also tells Jess just how she manages to judge us all and share her honest advice in the upcoming debut of her book: “I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual.” 

Julie Ann Crommett Is Changing Gender & Racial Bias in STEM One Image At A Time

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When it comes to representing women and girls in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math, Hollywood doesn’t do the best job at challenging old stereotypes. As the Entertainment Industry Educator-in-Chief at Google, Julie Ann Crommett works with Hollywood creatives to help them break away from writing stereotypical characters, think deeper about bias in media representation, and tell more compelling stories about women and people of color. Giving much credit to her mother and Abuelita for influencing her passion for social change, Julie Ann believes that the only way women will see better media representation is if we lift each other up along the way.

Meredith Walker is Changing the World by Being Herself

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Meredith Walker is celebrating smart girls: those who are curious and always searching for more answers. As the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, she’s redefining the “Happy Ending” by pushing girls to choose what success, family, work and fun look like in their own unique lives. In this episode, Meredith and Jess discuss the creation of ‘Smart Girls’ and how they’re changing girl-culture before our eyes. It’s okay to be young and unconventional. In fact, that’s the best time to start discovering who you are. Meredith Walker is changing the world by being herself and showing girls that they can do the same.

Erin and Clare are telling us why She Should Run

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Are there too many Dicks in office? She Should Run Co-Founder & CEO, Erin Loos Cutraro, and Director, Clare Bresnehan, think so. They run a non partisan social change organization working to dramatically increase the number of women & girls who see elected leadership as a real possibility. Why is this important? Because at the rate of progress we’re seeing it’ll take 500 years to see parity in politics. In this episode we’re introducing the how-to’s and benefits of running for office and breaking down the stereotypes and myths surrounding political leadership. Erin and Clare are telling us why She Should Run.

Karen Walrond is Reinventing what it means to Thrive

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What does it mean to really thrive in your life? Karen Walrond has an idea…she is a photographer, speaker, and author of “The Beauty of Different,” as well as the award winning photo blog “Chookooloonks,” which focuses on living your life with intention and adventure. In today’s episode, Jess and Karen dive deep into how we can gain wisdom from all areas of our lives: from beauty to aging, loss and break ups, career highs and lows. Together they are reinventing what it means to thrive.

Charlie Capen is Finding Humor in the Hard Stuff

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Charlie Capen is an actor, musician, writer, storyteller, and husband who has played many roles, but his favorite is being a dad. Charlie co-runs an entertainment website for parents called, “How To Be A Dad,” that focuses on the ridiculous and humorous side of parenthood. In today’s episode, Jess and Charlie will be talking about rebranding the idea of fatherhood and expanding the definition of masculinity. Charlie works through the enjoyable struggles of being a parent by finding humor in the hard stuff. 

Leeza Gibbons is Spreading Fierce Optimism

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Leeza Gibbons is an Emmy award-winning TV and radio host, social entrepreneur, and passionate advocate for health and caregivers. As a New York Times best-selling author, Leeza has reached countless individuals with her stories about living life with kindness and positivity. In this episode, Leeza and Jess are talking serious self-care, how to build trust and loyalty in business, and why it’s important to stay sane in a world full of cynics. Leeza is not shying away from showing you exactly why it’s practical (and better for business) to lead with a positive point of view and spread fierce optimism.

Jess Weiner is Just Getting Started

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Nobody know more than Jess Weiner that even confidence experts experience self-doubt. In this bonus episode, she explores how the labels we apply to ourselves (“creative”, “leader”, “expert”) can also stop us from remaining open and curious about our journey, and how ultimately we need to allow ourselves to embrace our “inner beginner.” While she may have been in the self-esteem space for 22 years, Jess Weiner’s just getting started.

Doyin Richards is Flipping the Script on Fatherhood

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The moment that a snapshot of his life unexpectedly went viral, Doyin Richards was thrust into the spotlight for doing something he considers “ordinary” — loving and caring for his daughters. In this episode, Jess and Doyin jump into his journey beyond becoming a social media superstar and discuss confronting racism, living with depression, and the double standards both men and women face in parenting. You may know him as “the ultimate Mr. Mom,” but this dad is challenging traditional parenting roles and is flipping the script on fatherhood.

Soledad O’Brien is Telling the Stories You Need to Hear

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Soledad O’Brien is an award-winning journalist, philanthropist, and CEO of Starfish media company. From her ground-breaking coverage of race in her “Latino in America” and “Black in America” series to her Emmy-winning coverage of Hurricane Katrina, Soledad strives to bring a variety of rich, authentic stories to her audiences.  In this exciting episode, Jess and Soledad discuss media representation, immigration, race, and privilege, as well as proactively seeking the source of power in whatever work you do. Soledad is thinking fresh thoughts, moving herself forward while bringing everyone with her, and shaping the way our culture connects with the news and current events. Listen up, because Soledad O’Brien is telling the stories you need to hear. 

Damone Roberts is Faking it While Making it

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“Eyebrow King” and celebrity make-up artist, Damone Roberts, built his kingdom from the ground up, dodging every “box” people tried to put him in along the way. In this episode, Jess talks to her close friend Damone about his bumpy but fabulous path to success and what it’s like to become both a Jeopardy and Trivia Pursuit question! Damone is talking about something we all do – but just don’t admit: “Faking it While We’re Making It”.