The Femails

with Lauren McGoodwin

A podcast from Career Contessa that deep dives into the world of women, work, and what it takes to build a successful and fulfilling career on your terms. Join our host, Career Contessa CEO Lauren McGoodwin, as she interviews different woman about their explorations, failures, triumphs, and takes a real-talk approach to women’s career development.


Episodes

  • The Femails Presents: Money Power MovesIn episode four of our month-long Power Moves series, we’re discussing money. We’ll go over why your self-worth is not your net-worth and three money power moves that you can do today. Lauen McGoodwin’s book, Power Moves: How Women Can Pivot,...
  • How to Write the Perfect Pitch For Everything in Your LifeToday we’re discussing how to write the perfect pitch for anything in your life.  One of the most popular resources on Career Contessa are our downloadable email templates and since we know how important pitching is as a skill, we decided we...
  • The Femails Presents: Career Power MovesIn episode three of our month-long Power Moves series, we’re discussing careers. We’ll go over what career power moves are and three career power moves that you can do today. Lauren McGoodwin’s book, Power Moves: How Women Can Pivot, Reboot, and...
  • What to Expect When You Return to Work During CoronavirusWe have another great bonus episode to help support you during the Coronavirus. Today we’re discussing what you can expect when you return to work. As states start to open back up, that means for many people, companies, and industries there will be...
  • The Femails Presents: Relationship Power MovesIn episode two of our month-long Power Moves series we’re discussing relationships. We’ll go over why relationships matter and how to build your personal “circle of champions.” Don’t forget until May 19, 2020, you can pre-order Lauen...
  • Suffering Zoom Fatigue? How to Fix ThatZoom fatigue is real and it’s hitting us quickly! In this bonus episode, we’ll discuss what is Zoom fatigue, why you are not crazy for getting exhausted just thinking about another video call and actionable ways to overcome this fatigue with Tracy...
  • The Femails Presents: Self-Care Power MovesWe’re kicking off our first episode of the Power Moves series focused on the topic of self-care by discussing why self-care is important and three self-care power moves that you can do today. Don’t forget —Until May 19, 2020, you can pre-order...
  • Lauren's Got News To ShareCareer Contessa’s founder, Lauren McGoodwin, has some exciting news to share! Her book, Power Moves: How Women Can Pivot, Reboot, and Build a Career of Purpose, is officially available for pre-order! In this episode, Lauren and Aliya discuss her...
  • The 15-Minute Win Productivity HackIs productivity on your mind? Due to the coronavirus, all of us have faced disruptions in our routines. We’re here to help with this bonus episode. Ready for the easiest productivity hack that can get you back to feeling accomplished—and moving on...
  • How to Harness the Power of Rituals to Boost Your Performance at WorkIn this episode, we’re examining rituals and specifically, rituals at work (even when working from home) that can help boost your performance. Mason Currey, author of Daily Rituals: Women at Work, also joins to share 3 rules to follow when trying to...
  • Goal Setting During UncertaintyGoals are vital to our wellbeing. But how do you know you’re setting them right and what is the advice for setting goals when there’s, you know, a global pandemic that makes it almost impossible to think too far in the future?! Join positive...
  • Debt, 401ks, and Preparing Your Finances for CoronavirusIf you’re worried about your money plan in light of COVID-19, you’re not alone. From saving money to debt to repayment to investing, there’s a lot on everyone’s minds. And between the possibility of an upcoming recession, the recent stimulus...
  • So You Want To Land a Remote Job? Start HereIn this episode, we’re discussing the ins and outs of a remote job including how you know remote work is a good fit for you and what you need to launch a remote job search with Purva Dandona, the head of talent acquisition for Goalbook, a company...
  • How to Create Value and Gain Influence at WorkHow to Create Value and Gain Influence at Work While nothing replaces or minimizes the need for hard work—creating value and gaining influence are essential for success. However, for your efforts to pay off, your hard work must be recognized and...
  • Bonus Episode: How to Manage Career Changes (and Stress) During the CoronavirusAs many of you already know, due to the Coronavirus and how it’s quickly affecting our careers, we are releasing special bonus episodes, which are webinar replays. Belma McCaffrey, the founder of Work Bigger, joins us to discuss how to proactively...
  • How To Prepare Financially For An Upcoming RecessionWhile we can’t predict when the coronavirus will be contained or regular life might be upon us again, we can help you prepare yourself and your finances for an upcoming recession and potential job loss. Shannon McLay, the founder of The Financial...
  • Bonus Episode: How To Run An Online Meeting That's Engaging + EfficientRunning a meeting is already challenging but what about when the team is virtual? How do you run an online meeting that's effective without face-to-face interaction? We've got you covered! On today’s bonus episode, you’ll hear a replay from a...
  • How to Work and Manage RemotelyDue to the coronavirus, we’re living in an unusual time that has many of us working from home, away from our team, and our managers facing a new reality that is virtual management. How can you make a successful transition? We’re covering our best...
  • What is Business Casual Anyway?Let’s finally cut through the confusion and simplify a question that plagues us working women which is what are you actually supposed to wear when the dress code calls for business casual.  Learn what business casual really means including,...
  • Mortifying Work Stories + How to Bounce BackMistakes happen. Embarrassing moments happen, but when they happen at work it can feel like you might not ever recover. In this episode, we’ll hear real work horror stories from the Career Contessa community. Next, we’ll share four tips you can...
  • How to Be Productive By Harnessing MotivationWe live in a culture obsessed with maximizing personal productivity and we dream about a 4-hour work week but, we’re also a culture that wastes, on average, 32 hours a month in meetings deemed “a waste of time” and use busyness as a status...
  • Is Burnout Real?Burnout is a buzzy word you've probably heard a lot about lately. But, what is burnout? Is burnout really that serious? The answer is yes. In this episode we’ll discuss three types of burnout to watch out for with examples and how to tackle burnout...
  • The Un-Importance of Being Liked At WorkIs being liked at work really that important? In this episode, we’re discussing why we think the answer might be "not really" with insight from expert and author of The Likeability Trap, Alicia Menendez. Plus, we’re sharing three tips for how to...
  • Season 5 Trailer | The Femails by Career ContessaIt’s a new year, a new decade, and a completely new season of The Femails!  Did you know that we humans spend approximately ⅓ of our lives at work? That’s why season 5 is dedicated to a variety of really, really good career advice so you...
  • Can Attractiveness Get You Fired?Meet Dr. Leah Sheppard a researcher at Washington State University who’s recent work found that attractive businesswomen are thought by supervisors, colleagues, and employees alike to be less trustworthy and more expendable. This phenomenon has been...
  • How to Build Self-Confidence in 30 Days with Heather MonahanMeet  Heather Monahan, a best-selling author, keynote speaker, and podcast host focused on confidence including how to build more of it, what myths surround it, and how to recognize the triggers that knock you off your confidence game. How do...
  • Quitting Your Job with No Plan BMeet Tess Vigeland, author of , who discusses what really happens when you leave a high-status job without the next steps lined up. Tess doesn’t hold back as she discusses what pushed her to leave her job at Public Radio’s Marketplace, the...
  • “I Saved $100,000 in 3.5 Years on $54,000 Salary—Here's How”Meet Bola Sokunbi the founder of Clever Girl Finance as well as the author of a newly released book by that same name. Bola’s a financial force but her story didn’t start like that. Today, her site gives financial advice and teaches financial...
  • The Art of Asking Questions for Career SuccessMeet Annabel Chang, Vice President Bay Area for Alaska Airlines, and a woman who’s had a winding career path including law school, a tech startup and now at the 5th largest U.S. airline. Annabel’s career has included some tough questions that...
  • Navigating The Highs + Lows of Life with the Founders of ShineMeet  Marah Lidey + Naomi Hirabayashi, the founders of Shine, a digital self-care platform that gives you access to a daily motivational text, community, articles, and more. Marah and Naomi started Shine with the promise to offer users the same...
  • Why Women's Voices Get Silenced & How to Set Them FreeMeet Veronica Rueckert,  former host at Wisconsin Public Radio, trained opera singer, and communications coach. She’s also the new author of Outspoken: Why Women’s Voices Get Silenced. Veronica’s research led to some pretty sobering facts...
  • Empathy, The FBI, and Mastering Negotiation TacticsMeet Christopher Voss, a former FBI hostage negotiator who translated those tactics into modern-day negotiation training. He’s also the best-selling author of Never Split The Difference. Negotiations are a challenging part of our daily lives from...
  • How to Break Free of IndecisivenessMeet Eleanor Beaton, an internationally-recognized expert in women’s leadership and an advisor to growth-oriented women entrepreneurs. Through her experience working with female leaders at all stages of their careers, Eleanor has seen it all and,...
  • Are You Actually Healthy? Find Out for Sure with Dr. Berzin.Meet  Dr. Robin Berzin a functional medicine doctor and the founder of Parsley Health. Dr. Robin founded the company in 2015 because she saw a flaw in the American medical system, which primarily focuses on prescriptions and procedures, not...
  • How to Decrease Overwhelm & Increase CreativityToday’s interview is with Brigid Schulte, the author of the New York Times bestselling book on time pressure, Overwhelmed: Work, Love & Play when No One has the Time, and the founding director of The Good Life Initiative at the nonpartisan think...
  • Using Human Design For The Career You (Really) WantToday’s interview is with Erin Claire Jones, a Human Design Guide and Leadership Coach who shows leaders what they’re made of by offering them a blueprint that explains how they operate so they can perform at the top of their game. Human design...
  • "I Want To Be Rich—And I'm Not Sorry."Today’s interview is with Jessica Knoll,  the bestselling author of Luckiest Girl Alive along with other books and the courageous woman who announced to the world “I Want To Be Rich And I’m Not Sorry”  via an opinion piece in The New...
  • Why Caring Less About Work Can Lead to SuccessToday’s interview is with Liz Fosslien and Mollie West Duffy, the co-authors of No Hard Feelings: The secret power of embracing emotions at work.It’s a courageous move to bring your full self—emotions and all—to work and this episode will...
  • Season 4 "Courage" Trailer | Career ContessaWe want to start by saying thank you to all our listeners for supporting Career Contessa and our podcast, The Femails! Without your ongoing listening, sharing, and overall excitement for our show, it wouldn’t even be possible for us to be heading...
  • A Recruiter's Take on Explaining Gaps in Your Work HistoryMeet Jaime Petkanics, a people and career development professional who has spent 10+ years hiring and building best in class employee experiences at companies like JPMorgan, Tory Burch, and Brooklinen. Jaime and I will be discussing a question we get...
  • How to Prepare for Intimidating Conversations at WorkDr. Joy Harden Bradford, a clinical psychologist and founder of a mental health platform called Therapy for Black Girls, which includes a podcast of the same name. We’re going to explore how to have intimidating conversations at work. We’ve all...
  • How to Curb Financial AnxietyToday’s teacher is Gaby Dunn, a beloved writer-comedian, podcast host of Bad with Money and author of a money book that goes by that same title, Bad With Money: The Imperfect Art of Getting Your Financial Sh*t Together. Gaby argues that our...
  • Stop Being a People Pleaser at WorkToday’s teacher is Joan Kuhl, the founder of Courage to Stay, author of Dig Your Heels In, and an advocate for corporate inclusivity. Joan’s work helps women who are thinking of jumping ship from the corporate world assess their options, build...
  • Transitioning from Independent Contributor to a Great ManagerToday’s teacher is Julie Zhuo, author of The Making of a Manager and now one of Silicon Valley’s top product design executives at Facebook. Julie started her career in tech as an intern and became a rookie manager at 25. She felt lost and...
  • How To Work With People You Don't LikeToday’s teacher is Alyson Garrido, a career coach who takes a strengths-based approach and partners with her clients to create and execute a career strategy. She’s also a career coach through Career Contessa’s coaching service called Hire a...
  • Grammar Girl's Tips for Avoiding Communication Problems at WorkToday’s teacher is Mignon Fogarty or Grammar Girl as she’s also known as on the world wide web, with her award-winning podcast, and multiple books. Mignon’s here to help us navigate communication in the workplace including language mistakes...
  • How to Practice Mindfulness at Work for Big ResultsToday’s teachers are  Ashley Graber and Shira Myrow, pyschotherapists, meditation and mindfulness educators, founders of the Evenflow app, and the women who will be teaching us how to bring mindfulness to work—and why it matters so much for...
  • Goal Setting for PerfectionistsToday’s teacher is Dr. Sasha Heinz, a recovering perfectionist-turned-positive psychologist, who has studied under the best of the best like Angela Duckworth, Barry Schwartz, and more. Specifically, Dr. Sasha is really good at helping women get out...
  • How to Navigate Power and Privilege in the WorkplaceFelicia Jadczak and Rachel Murray are co-CEOs of She Geeks Out, a company providing tech and tech-adjacent women and their allies an opportunity to network and connect with each other as well as with companies who wish to hire them. They also happen...
  • How to Use Myers-Briggs to Understand Personality TypesToday’s teacher is Leslie McDaniel, a professional career coach as well as certified in Myers-Briggs Indicator Type test aka the very popular personality test you’ve probably read about on the internet many times. Maybe you’ve taken the...
  • How to Be a Good Manager According to theSkimmCarly Zakin and Danielle Weisberg, co-founders of theSkimm and authors of HOW TO SKIMM YOUR LIFE, started the wildly popular newsletter TheSkimm back in 2012 while they were just two roommates working from their couch. Fast-forward seven years and...
  • How to Stop Comparing & Avoid Jealousy TrapsLife coach and author, Christine Hassler,  is back on The Femails to teach us how we can stop comparing ourselves to other people, avoid jealousy traps, and defeat our inner critics.And because we’re here for that real-talk advice, be sure to...
  • Summer School Season 3 Trailer | Career ContessaWe’re back in the studio for a new season, but we’re shaking things up a bit with our new Summer School series. It’s like school but for your career.   Each week starting June 4th we’ll have an expert come on the show to teach us one...
  • Reshma Saujani: Disrupting PerfectionMeet Reshma Saujani, founder of Girls Who Code, Author of Brave Not Perfect, and a woman working to disrupt the perfection trap. Whether or not you identify as an official “perfectionist,” you can probably relate to wanting things to go a certain...
  • Georgina Gooley: Disrupting the Pink TaxMeet Georgina Gooley, the co-founder of Billie and a woman disrupting the pink tax.  Shaving companies have always been centered around male narratives—focused on rugged jawlines and age-old troped of masculinity. For many women, we grew up...
  • Candice Morgan: Disrupting Diversity and Company CulturesMeet Candice Morgan, Head of Inclusion and Diversity at Pinterest and a woman disrupting diversity and company cultures. Prior to working at Pinterest, Candice spent a decade honing her expertise in diversity strategy. Unknowingly, Candice was...
  • Lauren Smith Brody: Disrupting Working MotherhoodMeet Lauren Smith Brody, author of The Fifth Trimester and a woman disrupting working motherhood. After enjoying an incredibly successful 16-year career in the magazine publishing world—working her way up to the #2 spot as Executive Editor for...
  • Kristin Wong: Disrupting MoneyMeet Kristin Wong, journalist, author of Get Money and a woman disrupting money. Today is also Equal Pay Day—a day that represents how far women have to work into 2019 to earn what men made in 2018 for the same job. We’ll dive into this more...
  • Anu Duggal & Sutian Dong: Disrupting Venture CapitalMeet Anu Duggal and Sutian Dong, the power duo behind Female Founders Fund and women disrupting venture capitalism. You’ve probably read the headlines about how much funding women-founded companies receive from investors and those low, low numbers...
  • Laura Vanderkam: Disrupting Time ManagementMeet Laura Vanderkam, an author, productivity expert, and a woman disrupting time management skills. I first came across Laura’s work when Career Contessa published an article called “How You’re Wasting 50+ Hours a Week” and, as you can...
  • Debbie Sterling: Disrupting the Pink AisleMeet Debbie Sterling, the Founder and CEO of and a woman disrupting the pink aisle.For many women, our childhood toys consisted of Barbies, kitchen sets, and other variations of princess obsessions. And while we may have fond childhood memories with...
  • International Women’s Day Bonus Episode with Career Guru Liz DolanToday is a really special episode because we are celebrating International Women’s Day, a day that was first celebrated in 1911 as a way to honor women all over the world for their contributions and achievements. And speaking of positive...
  • Beth Comstock: Disrupting Imagination with author + former Vice Chair and head of marketing and innovation at General ElectricMeet Beth Comstock, author and former Vice Chair and head of marketing and innovation at General Electric. Beth has made a name for herself as a change-maker and someone who can convince the inconvincible to also adapt change through her almost...
  • Erica Cerulo and Claire Mazur: Disrupting Female FriendshipsMeet Erica Cerulo and Claire Mazur founders of fashion and design site, Of A Kind, authors of Work Wife, and women who are disrupting the power of female friendships.   It’s true that Claire and Erica have been joined at the hip since their...
  • Elise Loehnen: Disrupting the Media Landscape with GoopMeet Elise Loehnen, the Chief Content Office at Goop and a woman working to disrupt traditional media and ecommerce.   In addition to learning exactly how one goes about becoming GP’s (ahem, Gwyneth Paltrow’s) right-hand woman, we’ll also...
  • Caroline Turner: Disrupting How Leaders CommunicateMeet Caroline Turner, author, speaker, and a leadership consultant disrupting how both male and female leaders communicate. You’ve probably heard that men are from Mars and women are from Venus as a way to explain our communication differences but...
  • Sadie Lincoln: Disrupting The Fitness ExperienceMeet Sadie Lincoln, the founder of , a boutique fitness studio offering full body workouts. Since 2008, Sadie’s been disrupting the fitness industry by putting community before company—always. And she comes by that love for community honestly....
  • The Femails from Career Contessa: Season 2 TrailerWelcome back to The Femails, a podcast that covers all things women, work, and what it takes to build a successful and fulfilling career on your terms.   Last season we brought you stories of meltdowns followed by swift comebacks from 12 dynamic...
  • Paige Adams-Geller: You've Made ItMeet Paige Adams-Geller, Founder and Creative Director of PAIGE, a highly successful premium denim and lifestyle brand. Paige’s journey began in Los Angeles, where her entrepreneurial spirit took her from working as one of the top fit models in the...
  • Amanda Enayati: Managing Anxiety, Managing YourselfMeet Amanda Enayati, a stress expert, author, and cancer survivor. If you’ve ever looked at the headlines around stress and anxiety,  the message is very clear: Chronic stress is on the rise. But what about the research that tells us how...
  • Jill Abramson: Recovery ModeMeet Jill Abramson, author and Harvard college professor.  She also happens to be the first and only woman to hold the position of Executive Editor at The New York Times, a role she’d lose in a very public way Jill Abramson’s ascent at The...
  • Christine Hassler: Break on Through (To The Other Side)Meet Christine Hassler, an author, speaker, and life coach who is committed to guiding people and organizations to reach their highest potential. At age 25 Christine had a successful career as a Hollywood agent, was engaged to the love of her life,...
  • Aliza Licht: Leaving Your MarkMeet Aliza Licht, the senior vice president of brand marketing and communications at Alice + Olivia and author of Leave Your Mark, a bestselling career advice book. Aliza started with aspirations to become a plastic surgeon before she let her creative...
  • Jennifer Romolini: The Power of Odd Jobs and Being WeirdBefore she wrote the CliffsNotes on career truths, Jennifer was the Chief Content Officer at with yes, that Shonda, formally known as TV producer Shonda Rhimes, and was also Editor in Chief at some pretty prominent companies like Hello Giggles, Yahoo...
  • Aditi Javeri Gokhale: Underdogging Your Way To The TopMeet Aditi Javeri Gokhale, the first Chief Marketing Officer for Northwestern Mutual, a mother and a very interesting woman who’s worked hard to overcome her “underdog” position at work to become a female role model we can all look up to....
  • Ann Shoket: The Ambition TrapMeet Ann Shoket, the former editor-in-chief of Seventeen Magazine, author of The Big Life, and a champion for millennial women who are redefining the meaning of power and success. But championing women isn’t why I asked Ann Shoket to join...
  • Farnoosh Torabi: Overcoming (Financial) MeltdownMeet Farnoosh Torabi, a personal finance expert, 3-time author with her latest book called “When She Makes More,” and host of the popular So Money podcast.  Farnoosh isn’t your typical money expert with years working at a bank or managing...
  • Dr. Zelana Montminy: Why We MeltdownMeet Dr. Zelana Montminy, a prominent figure in positive psychology and the author of 21 Days to Resilience. Her research is at the forefront of ground-breaking new science, which she calls “the science of thriving”, a field in which experts are...
  • Alli Webb: The Non-Overnight SuccessDrybar Founder, Alli Webb, isn't afraid of a career pivot. Alli went from college dropout to fashion PR misfit and finally found her passion at beauty school. That beauty school experience eventually laid the foundation for what is now Drybar, a...
  • Autumn Reeser: When You Go High, You Also Go LowActress Autumn Reeser had her whole life planned out. Marriage, successful career, kids, and more. But then she was hit with a divorce, lack of emotional support, and even postpartum psychosis. Autumn’s vulnerability has led her to share...
  • The Femails from Career Contessa: TrailerWelcome to The Femails, a podcast from Career Contessa that deep dives into the world of  women, work, and what it takes to build a successful and fulfilling career on your terms. The Femails podcast, hosted by Lauren McGoodwin, is an extension...

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