This special edition episode is powered by Dove Real Beauty Productions. To celebrate its 60th Anniversary at the Mom 2.0 Summit, we are creating conversations with inspiring women around the evolution of self-discovery and the definition of real beauty. Kristen Howerton is the mom behind the popular parenting blog, “Rage Against the Minivan,” where she writes openly about her experiences as a mother of four kids via birth and adoption. She’s an eloquent writer, successfully tackling hard topics like the challenges of raising two adopted black boys in predominantly white spaces — even in her own home. In this episode, Jess and Kristen talk about dealing with online trolls, raising daughters who know their beauty and their worth, and the myth of the perfect mom.
Lulu is the founder of LemonAID Warriors, a charitable organization she created when she was just ten years old. Seven years later and she has published her own book, PhilanthroParties! A Party-Planning Guide for Kids Who Want to Give Back, a guide for adding social activism to your social life. Lulu’s work helps people see that they can create change on a small, everyday level and still have a big impact. In this episode, Jess and Lulu talk philanthropy for kids, the progression of the LGBT movement, and the confidence that comes with being your most authentic self.
This special edition episode is powered by Dove Real Beauty Productions. To celebrate its 60th Anniversary at the Mom 2.0 Summit, we are creating conversations with inspiring women around the evolution of self-discovery and the definition of real beauty. LaShawn Wiltz is the award-winning blogger behind Everyday Eyecandy, where she uses her platform to discuss finding balance as a working mom, and to celebrate the everyday beauty that women may often miss in their busy lives. LaShawn is teaching her community that it’s totally possible to drown out the noise and make time for the little things that mean a lot. In this episode, Jess and LaShawn talk the importance of giving children positive affirmations, the myth of the perfect mom, and the value of letting kids learn lessons for themselves.
This special edition episode is powered by Dove Real Beauty Productions. To celebrate its 60th Anniversary at the Mom 2.0 Summit, we are creating conversations with inspiring women around the evolution of self-discovery and the definition of real beauty. Africa Miranda is an actress, reality TV star, and CEO of Beauty by Africa Miranda. After spending twelve years helping brands shape their authentic stories, and now she’s ready to start telling her own. Africa uses her platform to expand our visual representation of beauty and body positivity, especially for women of color. In this episode, Jess and Africa talk important female role models, entrepreneurship in the beauty space, and defining beauty on your terms.
You may know her as GabiFresh — Gabi Gregg is an entrepreneur, fashion and style blogger, brand ambassador, and creator of her own line of swimsuits for Swimsuits for All. Gabi is a trailblazing pioneer in the plus-sized fashion and women’s empowerment space; she uses fashion as a means to tell stories about loving the skin you’re in and always being true to your authentic self. In this episode, Jess and Gabi talk about building a career post-Recession, being more than the “plus-sized blogger” label, and the message behind her branding.
This special edition episode is powered by Dove Real Beauty Productions. To celebrate its 60th Anniversary at the Mom 2.0 Summit, we are creating conversations with inspiring women around the evolution of self-discovery and the definition of real beauty. Morra Aarons-Mele is the founder of “Women Online” and the author of the upcoming book, Hiding in the Bathroom: An Introvert’s Roadmap to Getting Out There (When You’d Rather Stay Home). What I love about Morra is that she is a true kindred spirit; she is a fellow podcaster and a fierce advocate for how women in media and pop culture are represented. In this episode, Jess and Morra discuss entrepreneurship while being introverted, successful marketing campaigns aimed at women, and the importance of messages about leadership for young girls.
This special edition episode is powered by Dove Real Beauty Productions. To celebrate its 60th Anniversary at the Mom 2.0 Summit, we are creating conversations with inspiring women around the evolution of self-discovery and the definition of real beauty. Despite not feeling represented in the media around her, Mimi Scarlett’s mother instilled a sense of self-worth in her from a young age — a message she shares with other mothers on her blog, UnlikelyMartha. In this special edition episode, Jess and Mimi discuss entrepreneurship, moms in media, and how to actually enjoy being a mom.
Taylor Barnes is the Director of The United State of Women (USOW), a program created by the Civic Nation to mobilize civic engagement and push the movement forward for gender equality. Five thousand women from autoworkers, to midwives, to CEOs came to D.C. to talk about gender equality at the program’s inaugural summit last year. Taylor’s infectious energy and commitment to helping young women to turn their passion into action is inspiring to all! In this episode, Jess and Taylor discuss the purpose of USOW, the program’s future plans, and the state of gender equality around the world.
This special edition episode is powered by Dove Real Beauty Productions. To celebrate its 60th Anniversary at the Mom 2.0 Summit, we are creating conversations with inspiring women around the evolution of self-discovery and the definition of real beauty. Katie Reed is the founder of AMotherThing.com, a blog that shares the uncensored stories of her motherhood journey. In this episode, Jess and Katie discuss how she found great hope and inspiration through building a community that shared their parenting experiences alongside her own. Katie shows her daughter and others that being authentic is necessary when building a community and cultivating confidence.
Jennifer Romolini is the acclaimed editor of websites like Yahoo Shine, HelloGiggles, and most currently, Shondaland.com! She’s spent many years as a writer and creative, and now she’s sharing her not-so-easy journey to success in her new book “Weird In A World That’s Not: A Career Guide for Misfits, F*ckups and Failures.” In this episode, Jess and Jenn discuss how she found a way to create her own lane and shape her career to fit her set of values and her personality, rather than allowing her job to dictate her path.
This special edition episode is powered by Dove Real Beauty Productions. To celebrate its 60th Anniversary at the Mom 2.0 Summit, we are creating conversations with inspiring women around the evolution of self-discovery and the definition of real beauty. Julianna Margulies is an Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning actress. In addition to spending many years playing the feisty head nurse Carol Hathaway on ER and the gorgeously flawed Alicia Florrick on The Good Wife, Julianna is also the proud mother of a little boy. In this episode, Jess and Julianna discuss her honest insights from working in Hollywood, investing in your passions, ignoring tired stereotypes, and raising confident feminist men.
Ana Flores has spent more than 15 years holding various positions in her career in media. Her most notable work is pioneering the first and largest network of Latina digital influencers in the country, formally known as the #WeAllGrow Latina Network. In this episode, Jess and Ana discuss how she shapes culture by increasing representation of Latinas in media and advertising through a network that she built herself from the ground up.
This special edition episode is powered by Dove Real Beauty Productions. To celebrate its 60th Anniversary at the Mom 2.0 Summit, we are creating conversations with inspiring women around the evolution of self-discovery and the definition of real beauty. Nicola Yoon is a mother, a mentor, and the author of two bestselling YA books, “Everything, Everything,” and “The Sun is Also a Star.” She has a deep desire to tell big stories around female characters that all readers can relate to. In this episode, Jess and Nicola discuss why it’s extremely important for every little girl to see herself as the hero of a story.
This special edition episode is powered by Dove Real Beauty Productions. To celebrate its 60th Anniversary at the Mom 2.0 Summit, we are creating conversations with inspiring women around the evolution of self-discovery and the definition of real beauty. Karen Walrond is an author, photographer, a former attorney, and engineer, a speaker, AND a coach; the perfect example of the “Yes, AND” woman. She has a gift for helping people find the beauty both inside and around us and which has e a huge impact on our self-esteem. In this episode, Jess and Karen discuss how she helps women and girls learn to thrive through their passions, leadership, and self-motivation.
Jess partnered with Dove Real Beauty Productions to take the Talk to Jess podcast on the road – all the way down to the Mom 2.0 Summit in Orlando, Florida! She captured insightful conversations with powerful women about raising confident children, building engaged communities, increasing media representation, and learning to love the skin you’re in. This special edition episode also marks the first anniversary of our Talk to Jess podcast! Jess reflects on one year of her guest’s willingness to share their struggles, risks, and reasons “why” behind the world-changing work they do every day.
Nicola Yoon is the author of two bestselling YA novels “The Sun is Also a Star” and “Everything, Everything” (in theaters May 19th) which have touched millions of readers. In this episode, Jess and Nicola discuss how she creates diverse characters that are truly reflective of real, ordinary people and their real interests, instead of relying on stereotypes or tropes. For any aspiring creatives listening, Nicola also shares advice from the lessons she’s learned on her journey from bestseller all the way to the box office.
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.
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%.
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.
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.
Muslim voices have been silenced in American media, but Amani Al-Khatahtbeh, the founder of MuslimGirl.com, is building a platform for amplification. In this episode, Jess and Amani discuss how she turned her passion for sharing her voice into the first Muslim-business to be featured on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list.
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.
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.
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 First. They’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 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.”
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 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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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 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.
“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”.
In her debut episode, Social Entrepreneur and Confidence Expert Jess Weiner shares her own story of self-discovery, from a young girl longing for more connection with the people around her to a thought leader and CEO working with major brands like Dove and Barbie to change the way our culture represents women and girls.