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This is not a traditional career podcast. It’s a podcast for people who’ve looked at their interests to shape the work they do. What does it mean to be a philosopher? How is Big Tech affecting us? How do you combine activism with being the editor of a magazine? Award-winning author Emma Gannon has a gentle line of questioning that starts with work, and ends up wherever the conversations lead. Named Best Business podcast by Vuelio, Ctrl Alt Delete is a gateway into new ideas – with over 5million downloads and past guests including Alain de Botton, Dame Steve Shirley and Mrs Hinch.

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This is not a traditional career podcast. It’s a podcast for people who’ve looked at their interests to shape the work they do. What does it mean to be a philosopher? How is Big Tech affecting us? How do you combine activism with being the editor of a magazine? Award-winning author Emma Gannon has a gentle line of questioning that starts with work, and ends up wherever the conversations lead. Named Best Business podcast by Vuelio, Ctrl Alt Delete is a gateway into new ideas – with over 5million downloads and past guests including Alain de Botton, Dame Steve Shirley and Mrs Hinch.

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Interesting and insightful

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I recently discovered this podcast and really enjoying all the interviews and stories.

Love it!

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Emma does really insightful and original interviews. Always a fun listen for me.

iTunes Ratings

102 Ratings
Average Ratings
90
6
4
1
1

Interesting and insightful

By Dshirin - Jan 28 2020
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I recently discovered this podcast and really enjoying all the interviews and stories.

Love it!

By KatherineSK - Oct 11 2019
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Emma does really insightful and original interviews. Always a fun listen for me.
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Ctrl Alt Delete

Latest release on May 28, 2020

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Rank #1: #217 Alain de Botton: Life As A Process

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Today's guest is Alain de Botton, which is very exciting, I've been a huge fan of this work for years.

He is a writer of essayistic books that have been described as a ‘philosophy of everyday life.’ He’s written on love, travel, architecture and literature. His books have been bestsellers in 30 countries. He started writing at a young age. His first book, Essays in Love  was published when he was twenty-three and went on to sell millions of copies.


He is also the co-founder of the brilliant The School of Life, a platform and in real life space in London dedicated to a new vision of education, emotional intelligence and self-knowledge. It shows us a path to the better lives we all want and deserve. I really recommend checking out the youtube channel, it's an incredible resource of inspiration and I always come away having learned something new. 


The School of Life's latest book, published on September 2019 is a collection of essays, titled The School of Life: An Emotional Education.

I hope you enjoy this episode as I much as I enjoyed recording it - thanks for tuning in each week!

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Sep 15 2019

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Rank #2: #134 Esther Perel: On Being A Therapist and Modern Relationships

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My guest today is Esther Perel, a psychotherapist of 35 years, and New York Times bestselling author.

Esther Perel is recognised as one of today’s most insightful and original voices on modern relationships. Fluent in nine languages, she has a therapy practice in New York City and is an consultant for Fortune 500 companies around the world. Her celebrated TED talks have garnered more than 20 million views and her international bestseller Mating in Captivity which became a global phenomenon translated into 25 languages. Her newest book The State of Affairs: Rethinking Infidelity (HarperCollins) is also a New York Times bestseller . Esther is also an exec producer and host of the popular podcast Where Should We Begin? It is an incredible podcast where you can listen into live therapy sessions. Learn more at EstherPerel.com or by following @EstherPerelOfficial on Instagram.


Favourite quotes from the episode:


​"Today you don't choose between 2 people in the village, or 6 people at school, you choose between ​1,000 at your fingertips. That swiping culture gives you a dizzying level of options."

"How do I know I've found ~the one~? You're going to delete your dating apps."

"The burdens of the self have never been heavier. Today all the big decisions are on us."

"Friendship is one of the most beautiful relationships. You cannot be friends with someone that isn't friends with you. You can love someone who doesn't love you back, but friendship is a reciprocal relationship."

"We can't only use longevity in relationships as a marker of success."

On her podcast Where Do We Begin: "It's so raw and intimidate, it's almost scary."

On giving advice to friends: "What works for me, might not be what works for you."

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Jun 20 2018

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Rank #3: #84 Chloe Brotheridge: Let's Talk About Anxiety

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Chloe Brotheridge is a fully qualified hypnotherapist, nutritionist and the author of The Anxiety Solution, which was published by Penguin earlier this year. She likes to help people with anxiety, confidence, public speaking, stress and sleep issues, and her hypnotherapy sessions helping make changes to people’s thoughts, feelings, habits or behaviours. She aims to get you the best results in the shortest amount of time, using around 3-5 sessions. In this episode, we discuss how anxiety is on the rise, how we deal with it, what to do when we feel overwhelmed, our relationship with social media and we discuss some of the practical advice in her brilliant book The Anxiety Solution.

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Jun 12 2017

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Rank #4: #68 with Lena Dunham: Dealing With Life Online & Offline

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I met Lena Dunham in 2014 when I interviewed her for an online magazine about her book and since then we’ve kept in touch. She has been a huge supportive influence, also having generously given me a quote for my book. She needs no introduction really but here it is. It is safe to say she is one of the most successful women in the biz right now. Lena Dunham is a Golden Globe winner, best known for writing, directing, producing and acting in Girls HBO. Her first big break was in 2010, when her film Tiny Furniture and won the South by Southwest Film Festival's best narrative feature award. In 2014 she released her book Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She's Learned which went on to be a New York Times Bestseller (no surprises there.) In 2015 she founded the online feminist Lenny Letter with her creative partner Jenni Konner. They have an advertising partnership with Hearst and they now have their own imprint at Penguin Random House. Her podcast Women of the Hour is also one of my favourites which you should definitely go and listen to. She is an outspoken advocate for Planned Parenthood and speaks honestly and openly about her struggles with endometriosis. It was an absolute treat getting to hang out with Lena on a fun sunny Friday morning in London in her hotel room. Love this episode.

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Mar 20 2017

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Rank #5: #4 Rowan Blanchard - Talking Social Media Etiquette & Finding Creative Hobbies

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Rowan Blanchard is one cool 14-year-old. She plays Riley Matthews in the hit Disney Channel series Girl Meets World, is an outspoken feminist and activist and has written for the likes of Rookie Magazine. We chatted about escapism via acting, our favourite movies, the empowering music we listen to and how our creative hobbies can be like free therapy. We also discussed how it’s great thing to enjoy your own company & being happy with yourself. Rowan recently called out cat-calling in a recent issue of Interview magazine which we also chatted about - and how women should be asked more interesting questions at film junkets.

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Apr 17 2016

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Rank #6: #178 Sarah Knight: How To Give Less Of A F*ck

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My guest today is Sarah Knight, the New York Times Bestselling author of the "No Fucks Given Guides". Before writing and releasing her own books, she spent 15 years as a top editor, working with authors such as Gillian Flynn and Jessica Knoll. 


In her books, she gives tough love and honest advice on setting goals, boundaries, mental health, making big decisions, and getting organised. Her book was called The Life Changing Magic Of Not Giving A Fuck, then Get Your Shit Together, then You Do You. Her fourth book, all about dealing with anxiety called Calm The Fuck down.


We talk about her decision to quit her publishing job, why she moved to the Dominican Republic, how to say no, how to stop comparing and why you shouldn't care what about people think.


Some favourite quotes from the episode:


"Marie Kondo's books are about unburdening yourself from ~stuff~ - I thought, 'I could do this for your mind.'"


"I just don't care if people don't like me. I think I'm pretty awesome."


"I'm the pied piper of not giving a fck"


"I'm not out here advising anyone to be assholes or sociopaths, I'm just saying it's OK to live your life the way you want to live it."


"If you are choosing to punch yourself in the gut each morning by looking at stuff [online] that makes you feel bad about yourself, then stop doing it. I have very little patience for that kind of self-sabotage."

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Feb 03 2019

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Rank #7: #92 Rebecca Holman: Are you an Alpha or a Beta?

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Rebecca Holman is the editor of The Debrief and the author of BETA: Quiet Girls Can Run The World. Rebecca was also my boss when I worked at The Debrief years ago, and so it was nice to catch up with her, especially as she also featured me in her book (which you should all read). Rebecca’s book BETA is published on 24th August '17 and takes a look at the two stereotypes of women in the workplace: the Alpha boss, or the Beta secretary or assistant. Rebecca is self-defined as a straight up Beta and she describes the differences between the two terms on the podcast. Obviously being reduced to two stereotypes isn’t massively helpful and of course there is a sliding scale. What if you’re a Beta who wants to lead and be the boss in the workplace - like Rebecca? Can you be a successful boss who is also quiet, reserved and likes going home on time? BETA celebrates the collaborators and the people who believe that being nice works and getting your own way isn't always the most important thing. It is a call-to-arms that explores the unsung workforce of BETA women who are being great bosses, great leaders and are still living their own lives: having relationships, making time for friends, having families.

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Aug 11 2017

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Rank #8: #74 Seth Godin: Educating Yourself & False Fear

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Seth Godin is a legend. The author of 18 books that have been bestsellers around the world and have been translated into more than 35 languages. He is something spreads ideas and writes about marketing, leadership and change. Some of his most well-known books are Linchpin, Tribes, and Purple Cow which I mention on this podcast in conversation. It's a book that has really inspired me - it's all about how to be remarkable and stand out. His blog (which you can find by typing "seth" into Google) is one of the most popular in the world. Seth is well-known in the publishing industry, mainly since launching a series of four books via Kickstarter. The campaign reached its goal after three hours and ended up becoming the most successful book project ever done this way. His newest book, What To Do When It's Your Turn, is already a bestseller. We talk about personal branding, fear, education, making decisions and teaching yourself. I hope you enjoy this episode. He's a real hero of mine.

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Apr 17 2017

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Rank #9: #210 Liz Ward: Do You Want To PIVOT?

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Liz Ward is a personal/business coach with over 12 years experience developing and mentoring high performing individuals, from entrepreneurs in the start up world to people in corporate management roles. With a background in brand, digital and business development, her career history includes the rebrand of the Millennium Dome to The O2, then London 2012 Opening Ceremony campaigns and global digital strategy for spirits giant, Bacardi-Martini. 


After a case of severe burnout, Liz pivoted her career in 2013 and left the 9-5 corporate world. She led marketing and product strategy for disruptive tech startups and then launched Slick Pivot in 2016, a new mission to help people to pivot their careers and businesses for more happiness and growth. 


Liz now helps new and seasoned entrepreneurs get good at change and supports their pivot journeys through one to one coaching, team workshops, and events. Whether that is quitting that 9-5, starting that business and developing the right mindset for success. 


"The common theme for these pivotal moments is that they all started with a feeling of pain or something needing to change."


We have ALL had those moments where we realise we want to make a change, for me it was quitting my job three years ago to write my books and do this podcast, but it can be really hard to make such big decisions and craft a plan.


I loved chatting to Liz and hope you enjoy this as much as I did.

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Jul 31 2019

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Rank #10: #73 Lilly Singh: How To Be A BAWSE

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Lilly Singh is an extremely popular and talented entertainer who has found worldwide fame through her YouTube channel which currently has over 11 million subscribers. She has interviewed everyone from Michelle Obama to Bill Gates and makes amazing weekly videos. She was featured in Forbes' 2016 30 Under 30 and in 2016 was named the top earning female YouTuber in the world. Lilly’s book teaches readers how to be their own bawse, a person who exudes confidence and reaches goals. Inspired by hilarious and honest stories from Lilly's own experiences and life achievements, this book proves that becoming a bawse requires hard work and dedication – and that there are no shortcuts to success.

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Apr 14 2017

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Rank #11: #7 Cheryl Strayed - On Writing, Quotes & Online Tribes

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This is a very exciting episode for me. A bit about Cheryl: her first book Torch in 2006, her second book, the memoir Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail was published in 2012, and has been translated into more than 40 languages. It debuted at number 7 on the New York Times Best Seller list and was chosen by Oprah as her first selection for Oprah's Book Club 2.0. Reese Witherspoon plays Cheryl and Laura Dern as Cheryl's mother, Bobbi in the amazing film adaptation of WILD. The film's screenplay was written by Nick Hornby. In July 2012, Vintage Books published Strayed's third book: Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar, a selection of Strayed's popular "Dear Sugar" advice column, which she wrote for the web site The Rumpus from 2010 to 2012. The book debuted on the New York Times Best Seller list at number 5. Strayed's 4th book, Brave Enough debuted in the advice and self-help category on the New York Times Best Seller list at number 10. SHE IS SO AMAZING, AM I RITE? We talk money, success, fame, finding friends online and no matter what: doing the work we love.

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May 01 2016

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Rank #12: #118: Ava Duvernay: It's Never Too Late To Change Career

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Ava Duvernay is an Oscar-nominated film director. Ava made her feature film debut with the documentary This in the Life (2008), a history on the hip hop movement in Los Angeles in the 1990's. This was followed by series of television music documentaries and her first narrative feature film, I Will Follow (2010), secured her the African-American Film Critics Association award for best screenplay. Her follow-up, Middle of Nowhere (2012) won the Best Director Prize at the 2012 Sundance film festival, making her the first African-American woman to receive the award.

Fast forward to the last few years, she is best know for her work directing Selma (2014), Ava was the first black female director to be nominated for a Golden Globe Award. With Selma, she was also the first black female director to have her film nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. In 2017, she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for her film 13th

Her latest film, out now, is the 2018 fantasy film A Wrinkle in Time, which has a mega cast of Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling and Oprah, and had a budget exceeding $100 million. She is amazing. I hope you love this episode as much as I do.


Some of the favourite quotes from the episode:

“I didn’t pick up a camera until I was 32 years old.”

“I had made 13th and I had made Selma, and that was really dark subject matter, and just to make something about lightness and joy and black girls flying, and designing talking flowers, brought me joy.”

“What do we treat each other so poorly? How broken are we?”

“I reject the word workaholic. I work all the time but I love what i do, and to not do it would make me less happy.”

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Mar 18 2018

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Rank #13: #202 Jess Pan: Living As An Extrovert For A Year

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My guest today is Jessica Pan, author of Sorry I'm Late, I Didn't Want to Come: An Introvert’s Year of Living Dangerously. This is an incredibly funny and frank book all about how Jess decided to drastically change her life for a whole year. An introvert by nature, she decides to live like an extrovert for a year with the help of some experts and mentors along the way. She embraces some horrors. She takes on a series of challenges: improv, a solo holiday, public speaking and talking to strangers on the tube. Jess reports back, and it's laugh out loud, but also rather inspiring.


We talk about getting out of our comfort zones, how talking to strangers actually makes us happier, how at a certain age we lose friends and how to make new ones and much more. Hope you enjoy this one!

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May 30 2019

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Rank #14: #126 Dolly Alderton LIVE: On Friendship, Writing & People Pleasing

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In this very special live episode of Ctrl Alt Delete, I interviewed the brilliant bestselling author Dolly Alderton on writing, friendship, saying no to people-pleasing and in general we had a GOOD OL' NATTER. Thanks to everyone for coming along, to Rosie for organising the logistics at Waterstones Tottenham Court Road (and for providing the amazing Dolly cocktail) and Shola for producing.


Dolly Alderton's glorious memoir, Everything I Know About Love, has been in the top 5 Sunday Times bestseller charts for months, she vividly recounts wrestling with self-sabotage, getting drunk, getting dumped, and realising that that your mates are always there at the end of every messy night out. It’s a book – above all else – about recognising that you and you alone are enough.


Hope you enjoy this one!

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Apr 30 2018

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Rank #15: #3 Ashley C Ford - Talking Permission, Productivity & Asking For More

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Ashley C Ford is one of my favourite people to follow on Twitter. You might recognise her voice from a very popular episode discussing Friendship on Lena Dunham's podcast 'Women Of The Hour'. She left her job at Buzzfeed a year ago to work on multiple different projects. She’s writer, editor, speaker, and professor at The New School in New York. She is currently writing a memoir (among other things), and co-editing the anthology Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture with the author of Bad Feminist Roxane Gay. She writes essays in many places from ELLE to The Guardian to BuzzFeed, and is someone with brilliant opinions, never afraid to share her truth in many different forms — she’s a really inspiring person who constantly emits positive energy online. I hope you love listening to her as much as I do.  

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Apr 14 2016

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Rank #16: #143 Sharmadean Reid: On Productivity & Distraction

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Sharmadean Reid founded WAH Nails as a side project in 2009 – now it is a huge global well-known business.

In this episode I chat to Sharmadean about productivity and distraction. She has a brilliant Guardian column called Bossing It where she answers modern work questions.

She wrote two WAH nails books, delivered global pop up nail salons for 100s of brands, created a product line with Walgreen Boots Alliance and was awarded an MBE for services to Beauty.

So now she is building a new way to book beauty online with her new company Beauty Stack.

We talk about what she’d learned from starting businesses. Sharmadean’s also working on a new campaign with NatWest which is all about helping small businesses be the best they can be. A big focus is on helping small businesses do more with less and improve their productivity through the NatWest Productivity Blueprint.

The medium article I reference in the opening section of the interview is called “Growing Up Too Fast — Or Why I Closed WAH Nails Topshop”.


Soundbites I love from this episode:

“Why not write a completely new rule for how we determine success?”

“Create your own pic ‘n’ mix from other people’s successful bios”

“You can’t copy someone else’s path”

“Being productive doesn’t mean being chained your desk the whole time.”

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Aug 16 2018

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Rank #17: #194 Mrs Hinch: How To Hinch Yourself Happy

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Today's guest is Mrs Hinch (real name Sophie Hinchliffe) who became an overnight sensation by sharing her cleaning tips and tricks on Instagram last year, growing from 1k to 1m followers in six months. She's now at 2 million with no sign of slowing down. Her witty and entertaining Instagram Stories are part advice, part entertainment and absolutely brilliant.  Sophie coined the term 'Hinching' making cleaning genuinely a lot of fun, and she's opened a conversation about how cleaning can be quite relaxing and much needed 'me time'.


Her book Hinch Yourself Happy is out today (on the day of this podcast release) and is packed with lots of tips to help shine your sink and soothe your soul. Hope you enjoy.

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Apr 03 2019

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Rank #18: #99 Will Storr: Selfies, Self-esteem & Our Environment

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This episode is with Will Storr, journalist and author of many books including his most recent work of non-fiction called SELFIE. We talk about his new book Selfie: how we became so self-obsessed and what it’s doing to us. He unpicks our society’s longing for self-esteem and where this came from – and how we are products of our own environment. Why do we have to be confident extroverts to be successful? Truth is, we don’t. He writes that the perfect self is propaganda and doesn’t actually exist. It’s rather liberating to hear Will’s thoughts on how you don’t have to be the person the media wants you be. We also chatted a bit about the future of work, we have a friendly conversational debate and seeing it from each other’s perspectives. We live in a world where people are so one-sided most of the time, and Will gives some tips at the end on how to spot if you are holding an idea too sacred and how to be more self-aware. Hope you enjoy this one!

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Oct 21 2017

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Rank #19: #231 Elaine Welteroth: On Quitting Your Job & Carving Out A New Path

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Elaine Welteroth is an award-winning journalist, author, judge on the new Project Runway TV show and now author of memoir More Than Enough. I quoted her in my book The Multi-Hyphen Method because she is a thriving multi-hyphenate who I often looked to as an inspiration along the way. She was most recently held the iconic position of editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue -- where she in 2017 became the youngest person ever appointed editor-in-chief and in 2012 had been the first African American ever to hold the post of beauty and health director at a Condé Nast publication. Prior to Teen Vogue, she was the senior beauty editor at Glamour and beauty and style editor at Ebony magazine. She’s now a leading expert and advocate for the next generation of change-makers and she is one of my favourite people to follow on Instagram. She has written for the hit show Grown-ish and has appeared on-camera for a range of media outlets including ABC News and Netflix. In this episode we discuss her career pivots and her brilliant book. if you liked it please rate / review!

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Nov 25 2019

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Rank #20: #234 Emily Weiss: On Building Glossier

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My guest today is the wonderful Emily Weiss, founder of Glossier, who, after cultivating a passionate community on her website Into The Gloss, saw an opportunity to create a new beauty experience that celebrates and speaks to the customer directly. Founded in 2014, Glossier is a digital-first beauty company with a mission to give voice through beauty. Glossier has a "skin first, makeup second" philosophy, Glossier creates modern essentials (skincare, makeup fragrance, body) that intuitive, easy-to-use, and don't hide or cover you up. Since launching, Glossier has introduced 36 products, opened two permanent stores (NY and LA), brought temporary retail to over 6 cities, raised $186 million in venture capital funding, and has welcomed 3 million customers the Glossier community. 


I recently popped into the NYC flagship store which averages 50K visitors per month and it was buzzing. They have also this year brought temporary retail to Miami, Seattle, Boston, and Austin. Most recently, they've opened Glossier London, on 13 Floral Street in Covent Garden - definitely go and check it out and top on your Boy Brow and Milk Jelly Cleanser!


It was a really highlight having Emily on the podcast, hope you enjoy this conversation and her insights! If you did please leave a rating or a review - thanks! x

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Dec 13 2019

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