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Sep 23, 2015

Welcome!  Today I’m talking to a “Super Broad” who is a business strategist, super-connector, and publicity coach.  She is Selena Soo, and she helps her clients increase their visibility so they can reach the masses.  Her consulting firm is S2Groupe.  I first met Selena about two years ago after hearing her teach about “Being Your Brand” on the Elevate network.  I contacted her, she immediately responded, and we connected.  Her name comes up everywhere I go because of the connections she has established.  Let’s talk to Selena!

Selena covers the following topics about her business:

  • How Selena, a self-proclaimed introvert, has learned to overcome fear and hesitation to reach out to people, organize events, and connect with those who are worth getting to know
  • How Selena’s previous job at a non-profit in NYC prompted her to expand her possibilities and want to make a bigger difference in people’s lives
  • How Selena’s passion for learning led her to start her business, even hiring a business coach for the first year at a huge financial expense
  • Selena hosts a Mastermind Group of other successful entrepreneurs, experts, and authors
  • How Selena has learned hard lessons in hiring and become more cautious about who she brings on board with her business
  • What Selena hopes to stop doing, start doing, and continue doing for business success

Selena also discusses what she does when things get tough, how she handles stress, and what she hopes to accomplish by the end of the year.  She also gives information on Influence, her online course on networking.  Join us for this exciting information and more!  Don't miss it!

Links and Resources:    (Selena’s website)

Sep 16, 2015

Hello Broads!  I’m excited to introduce Kate Northrup to today’s show.  Kate’s philosophy is that if you can create financial freedom for yourself, then you can be free to be present for your purpose on the planet.  She freely admits to working from home in her jammies most days!


Kate is the author of the book, “Money, a Love Story”, where she shows you how to stop letting money be a source of pain in your life.


In this episode, you will learn:


  • Whether Kate considered following in the footsteps of her Doctor parents.
  • How Kate found it inside her to avoid the “red solo cup”
  • Why she was focused on providing for her family, before she even had one
  • How to sell with integrity and heart, coming from a place of value
  • How as a student, she built a business during the school year breaks
  • Why you should make yourself dispensable to your business
  • What caused Kate to acquire $20,000 in debt in one year
  • The breakthrough she had through journaling
  • Ways that money management becomes self-care
  • How she balances working with her spouse



You can also hear about the Life Hacks that Katie has acquired over the years!  Don’t miss the full episode!


You can find Kate online in the following places:



Sep 9, 2015

Welcome!  Today’s featured broad is Heather Thomson, the founder of Yummie by Heather Thomson, a popular lifestyle brand of women’s wardrobe essentials.  She's also one of the stars of the Bravo show The Real Housewives of NY  and has been for the past three seasons.  Don't miss our exclusive talk with Heather where she dishes biz tips and addresses talk of her future role on the show.

Heather says the following about her entrepreneurial journey:

  • Her company began because she wasn’t happy with the shapewear available to her.  
  • Heather’s AHA moment:  She literally cut up a shapewear garment and a tank top and pieced them together to create the foundational product for Yummie.
  • Yummie by Heather Thomson has expanded into a lifestyle brand offering bras, panties, shapewear, jeans, leggings, and activewear.
  • Before launching her own company, Heather worked in fashion design for celebrities such as Beyonce, JLo, and Sean Combs. It was while working for Beyonce that she came up with the idea for Yummie.
  • Her products project a positive body image for women, with sizes ranging from XS-3X.
  • Shortly after her launch, Maidenform copied her 3-panel tank.  She fought for design integrity and eventually won a $6.75 million settlement against them for patent infringement.
  • Yummie by Heather Thomson products are now available in Nordstrom’s, Bloomingdale’s, and Dillard’s.
  • Heather has several helpful tips for other entrepreneurs.  Join us for details!

Heather shares her favorite time-saving resources, which are apps called Trip It and Fave It.  She shares what motivated her to join the Real Housewives show, along with her favorite part and least favorite part of being part of the show.  Her NEXT BIG THING is Yummie’s loungewear line, launching later this month.  Join us for inspiration from Heather!

Links and Resources:   (website:  Enter the code “tryyummie15” at checkout for 15% off your purchase!)

Find Yummie on Twitter and Instagram:  @yummiebyht

Find Heather on Twitter and Instagram:  @iamheathert


#yummie life

Sep 2, 2015

Welcome!  Today’s featured broad is Maria Seidman, Entrepreneur magazine’s emerging entrepreneur of the year.  She is the CEO and Co-fFunder of Yapp, the app that creates mobile apps!  

Maria’s idea for Yapp grew out of a need to create an app for a women’s group she was a member of.  She shares the following about her journey:

  • She took out a self-proclaimed cheesy classified seeking a business partner 
  • She literally met HUNDREDS of people and drove her friends crazy trying to find a technical engineer to partner with her.
  • Maria didn’t launch with a formal business plan but had a “product spec document.”
  • If she started her company again, she says she would stick with a prototype and a lean canvas model and spend more time with people.
  • Her “lean” methodology comes from Eric Ries’ book, The Lean Startup---and is embodied by  the brillaint "salad bar "analogy she shares.
  • She noticed that her potential investors were only interested in a prototype of the product, NOT a business plan.
  • Yapp lets you create a basic app for free, using a quick tutorial and blank templates.  It’s user-friendly and simple to use!
  • Yapp is ideal for events, groups, retreats, reunions, support groups, companies, retailers, and teams.
  • Maria says the totally free product will probably go away soon as the company narrows its focus but continues to provide great support for users.

Join us for more from Maria!  She shares her favorite sources of inspiration and favorite business hacks.  Visit her website at or email Maria directly at



Aug 26, 2015

Welcome!  Our featured broad today is focused on safety.  She is Violet Alexandre from Fabriq.  She’s here to share the story of her app, RunSafe.  Join us!

Violet’s entrepreneurial story began by accident in the winter of 2014, in Boulder, CO.  She recounts how a slip on black ice and averted disaster for her young son in a jogging stroller prompted her and her husband to develop the RunSafe app.  Violet shares the following:

  • She and her husband designed the app, combining fitness and safety.
  • In a very short time, there were 20,000 users!
  • They applied to Boomtown Accelerator for initial help with scalability and the business plan.
  • They reached out to running specialty stores and partnered with the Independent Running Retail Association for added credibility.
  • There is a free portion of the app that offers certain features, and a premium subscription available for just $4.99/monthly.
  • Violet says they have a new update to the app coming soon with new functionality.
  • The app  could useful for real estate brokers and online daters down the road as they integrate their safety features into existing apps
  • Violet announces their first outside integration partner, Drunk Mode.  RunSafe’s safety features will be integrated into the existing app, used by 750,000 users already!


Violet shares her tips for using time wisely and staying focused on goals and vision.  She also shares her favorite podcast and favorite book!  Don’t miss what this broad has to say!


Aug 19, 2015

Welcome!  Today’s broad is Rha Goddess, who is an entrepreneurial coach, founder, and CEO of Move the Crowd.  Her mission is to revolutionize how we work, play, live, and handle our business.  She is intent on empowering a generation!

Rha Goddess shares the following about her journey and life’s work:

  • She grew up in NY, not able to decide between wanting to be a doctor or a rock star.
  • She graduated from Vassar, and then entered the corporate world for six years, working in the chemical industry.
  • She has a great story to share about how writing a resignation letter eight months early freed and empowered her!
  • She felt called back to her activist roots, and became involved with youth empowerment, conflict resolution, intervention, and development through Resolving Conflicts Creatively.  
  • She moved to NYC and worked in staff development and training in the NYC public schools for seven years.
  • This job turned her in the direction of designing curriculum and coaching work that became Move the Crowd.
  • Her life-changing moment occurred at age 26, when she lost five people close to her in just five short months.
  • She reevaluated life and death, and asked, “What am I really here to do?”
  • She started writing to heal and make sense of the circumstances because she questioned everything.
  • Move the Crowd (begun in 2011) is a venture that draws on every life experience she ever had.  It affects culture, and moves and engages people.

Rha Goddess shares how her income tripled in eight months, and the importance of self-care.  She shares her philosophy of a business plan and what keeps her going when the going gets tough. 

 “I measure my accomplishments in souls, in lives transformed, in visions launched, in people served and touched.”


The E-Myth by Michael Gerber

The Experience Economy by Joseph Pine and James Gilmore

The Cultural Creatives by Paul Ray

Ask and It Is Given by Esther and Jerry Hicks


Find Rha Goddess on Facebook and Twitter, too!

Aug 12, 2015

Welcome!  Today’s broad is Bernadette Smith, a pioneer in the LGBT community.  She found a niche in the marketplace and created a business that has become the country’s first boutique event firm specializing in legal LGBT weddings.  Her company, 14 Stories, launched in 2004 as same-sex marriage first became legal in MA.  Her Gay Wedding Institute trains other wedding professionals from all over the world.  From her position as America’s #1 Gay Wedding Planner, Bernadette focuses on the advocacy element of her company, providing a great, supportive experience for couples. 

Bernadette shares the following about her company, currently based in Chicago:

  • Prior to 2004, she planned events for nonprofits.  When she first launched 14 Stories, people either thought she was crazy or brilliant.
  • She launched initially without a business plan, but built a website, used Google ad words, and received a ton of media attention.
  • Bernadette has seen a recent surge in training wedding pros since the Supreme Court ruling.  She knows many LGBT weddings are just around the corner!
  • One of the major issues in an LGBT wedding is finding a venue and service providers who are supportive.
  • One aspect of an LGBT wedding is that traditional gender roles and rules don’t apply, giving total freedom for ANY style of a wedding celebration.
  • 14 Stories offers licenses for establishing branch offices in other locations and training licenses for wedding professionals.
  • Bernadette has written books, developed apps and even created her own line of LGBT wedding attire to fill the need for missing elements in this industry.
  • The name, 14 Stories, came from the significance of 14 in US civil rights.

Bernadette also discusses her motivation and inspiration, the greatest being her 4-1/2-year-old son, Patrick.  She also uses a vision board, affirmations, books, and apps to keep her focused and organized for balance in her life.  Listen in as she discusses her vision for the future of 14 Stories!

Links and Resources: 

Aug 5, 2015

Welcome!  Today’s featured broad is Elisabeth Cardiello is a lifelong New Yorker, the child of Italian immigrants, and likely one of the few people to have had a business card since the age of six-years-old!  She has a passion for social innovation and inspiring women, and she puts this passion into practice every day.  Elisabeth is the founder and CEO of Caffe Unimatic, a vintage coffee venture with half-century-old roots in both Brooklyn and Italy.  She is a featured speaker on TEDxFultonStreet, AMEX OPEN Forum, NBC NY Live, The Soho Collective, and Coffee Crazy: The Book tour.  Elisabeth’s story is one of resilience, inspiration, innovation, and pure entrepreneurship.  Besides coffee, she loves outdoor activities, CrossFit, soccer, and all things Italian.

Elisabeth shares the following about her life:

  • Her entrepreneurial spirit was inherited from her father, who created multiple businesses in New York after immigrating from Italy at age 14.
  • Her Caffe Unimatic business is a way to honor and remember his unique “drip-percolator” coffee pot.
  • She literally fell into the coffee business after discovering 5000 warehoused original models of his Unimatic coffee pot after his death a few years ago.
  • She created a line of coffee to go with the unique pot and markets these products through her website.
  • Coffee is only PART of Elisabeth’s story!  She helped create Legacy Out Loud, which is an initiative to engineer girls’ career goals.  Their mantra is “Mission, Mindset, and Mentorship.” Along the same lines, she helped create “Master Your Mission NYC,” which is a curriculum course for game-changing women who want to make a difference in the world.
  • Elisabeth has been given many opportunities to speak publicly about her unusual path in life.  

Elisabeth shares what keeps her going through difficult times, what she plans to stop doing, start doing and continue doing in business this year.  You might be surprised to hear her nightly habit that helps keep her grounded in a busy life.  Listen to hear what she has planned before the end of 2015!


Jul 29, 2015

Welcome!  My guests today are two broads who have developed a unique and intriguing idea.  They are Michelle Goldblum and Ali Leipzig, the founders and creators of Soul Camp, which is a multi-day, multi-night, all-inclusive, wellness sleep away camp for adults!  Most of us probably have memories of camp as we grew up; some of those memories are great, and (let’s face it) some are not so great.  Michelle and Ali have created the perfect “camp of your dreams.”

Last year was the first year for Soul Camp, and they have expanded to both the east and west coast for 2015.  This year’s camps are at Camp Towanda in the Poconos, and  Wonder Valley, CA.  Visit their website for more information.  

Do you want to know more about this innovative idea?  Here is what the broads share with us about Soul Camp:

  • The story of how Michelle and Ali met and connected through a series of crossed paths will show that this endeavor was simply MEANT TO BE!
  • It’s a camp for your soul (hence, the name)—for connecting to who you really are.
  • All labels from your adult life fall away at Soul Camp, and you get to be that “kid at camp” again.
  • It was the camp director from Camp Towanda who suggested that the ladies bring a retreat-like camp to his facility.
  • They thought, “This could be so much fun!  Why not bring our favorite instructors to our favorite place on earth!”
  • They reached out to yoga instructors, meditation and energy workers, thought leaders, fitness instructors, and wellness leaders.  They all said YES to camp!
  • The ladies secured company sponsors, especially those with the word “soul” in their names or products.
  • The first camp (2014) had about 200 campers (both men and women), and they expect more this year on both coasts.
  • Their plan is to expand, possibly abroad, for next year.  Ultimately, they hope to have Soul Camps all over the US!
  • Soul Camp is like regular camp, except the activities center around mind, body, spirit-based activities, workshops, and classes.  The activities are optional, and the focus is on community and connection among the campers.

The ladies wrap up by sharing their favorite parts of Soul Camp AND the camp cheer!  Don’t miss my exciting conversation with Michelle and Ali!  Their enthusiasm for Soul Camp is contagious!  Let’s pack our bags and head to camp! As a special bonus exclusively for our listeners enter "BROADSOUL" when registering for camp for 20% off your experience. 


Links:       (website)


**Use the code BROADSOUL for a 20% discount for our listeners!

Jul 22, 2015

Welcome!  Today’s featured broad is Melanie Notkin from Savvy Auntie.  Melanie has tapped into the emerging demographic of childless, up and coming, single women in North America.  Melanie is a national bestselling author of Savvy Auntie: The Ultimate Guide for Cool Aunts, Great Aunts, Godmothers, and All Women Who Love Kids and Otherhood, which was inspired by her life in NYC.  She even established Auntie’s Day, the first holiday to honor aunts, which is celebrated on the fourth Sunday in July; this year’s holiday is THIS SUNDAY, July 26.

The inspiration for Savvy Auntie came in 2007, when Melanie lived a busy lifestyle as a business executive.  The most important people in her life were her niece and nephew, but she felt disconnected.  She realized that there women everywhere in their 30’s and 40’s who were single, childless, and important in the lives of children.  Melanie coined the term “PANK” to denote this influential demographic:  Professional Aunt/No Kids.  Statistics show that there are 23 million PANK’s in North America, with an average age of 36.

“We’re not their Mom; we’re not their friend.  We’re the Aunt, the perfect blend.”

My conversation with Melanie covers the following topics:

  • Melanie invested her life savings to create Savvy Auntie, and barely escaped the stock market crash of 2008 in doing so!
  • Melanie took specific steps to launch her business and grow to become a multimedia company.
  • Melanie wishes she had started sooner!
  • Melanie’s advice is to move forward and keep going, even when difficulties come.  Even mistakes can be steps forward.
  • Melanie meditates each day to quiet her mind.

Melanie also shares what the favorite toys will be for this holiday season and talks about what inspires her and helps her to unwind.  At the end of 2015, she wants to look back and know she continued to present a strong message and brand with Savvy Auntie.  Join me to hear more from amazing Melanie!

Links and Resources:    ( Melanie’s website)


Reach her on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook at Savvy Auntie.

Jul 15, 2015

Welcome to another episode!  Our broad today is Judy Goss, who is a TV personality, radio show host, publisher, and entrepreneur.  Judy began her career in modeling but has worked as a casting director, art buyer, agent, producer, and editor.  She has worked for More magazine and served as the editor of Cosmopolitan.  She currently hosts “What Women Want,” a weekly radio show on LA Talk Radio with 30,000 listeners monthly. She makes regular appearances on Fox NY, WABC, and NBC Connecticut.  As you can see, her background is extensive in various areas, and she is busy with many endeavors!

Judy shares the following about her experiences:

  • She tells how her business developed from an idea to a dream to reality!
  • She shares her vision for the future of “Over 40 Females.”
  • She talks about the success of the radio show she produces, directs, and hosts.
  • She gives helpful advice about securing investors for your business.
  • She talks about her business plans for the second half of 2015, along with what might be THE NEXT BIG THING!
  • She reveals the inspiring book and magazine that should be part of any entrepreneur’s toolbox.

Judy’s advice when the going gets tough?  “Keep taking a step forward, NO MATTER WHAT IS GOING ON!”  Join us for more of the exciting conversation with Judy!

Resources:    (website)  (Judy’s online and live networking community)  (find archived episodes of “What Women Want”)



Jul 8, 2015

Today’s Broad is Sandra Gault, the Founder and CEO of True Gault in NYC.  Sandra is breaking the mold and reshaping the way women think about high heels----one shoe at a time.  Sandra’s company uses 3D measuring technology and a patented fit formula to capture the biomechanics of feet to create customized high heels.  

In this episode, Sandra discusses the following about her revolutionary business:

  • How Sandra, “a geek in high heels,” became frustrated with having to compromise fit or fashion to wear the high heels she wanted.
  • How Sandra combined her loves of business, technology, and fashion to create her successful enterprise.
  • How Sandra worked to build her company from an idea and a blank sheet of paper.
  • How Sandra’s “butterfly moment” occurred at a party, and the idea was born for customized shoes that are comfortable to wear!
  • The steps Sandra took to build her business, including the value proposition, business plan, industry analysis, target market identification, and securing investors.  She explains how she did it, beginning with step ONE!
  • How you don’t have to have all the answers to get started with your business idea.  “The work will show you the way and give you the knowledge.”
  • How Sandra’s “Toolkit of Skills” helped her build her company and can help build ANY business!
  • How a horse race helped her realize that nothing can be taken for granted, and you have to acknowledge mistakes and be resourceful to be successful.
  • What’s next for True Gault?  The vision is BIG!


QuickBase from Intuit—(Sandra’s recommended cloud-based software for any business owner)

The Hard Thing about Hard Things by Ben Horowitz

Key Performance Indicators by David Parmenter

Essential Principles for Fundraising Success by G. Douglass Alexander


Jul 1, 2015

Hi Broads!


Welcome to the show!  Today, we are talking to an intuitive Broad that discovered a hole in the marketplace for mid-priced legal advice, while a student at Yale Law School and she took action by starting her own business- Priori Legal.  


Basha Rubin, founder and CEO of Priori Legal takes us on her entrepreneurial journey.  Listen to the podcast to find out the following:


  • Why Basha didn’t know she was a start up
  • How she feels about the whole idea of writing a business plan, and what she wrote instead
  • Why she feels that she did way too much before she launched her product
  • How "Perfect can be the enemy of good"
  • Why legal advice on the web is so necessary in today’s business world, but also dangerous
  • What it takes to be a Prior Lawyer and why only 20% of their candidates are accepted
  • The benefits of using Prior Legal instead of finding a lawyer on your own
  • Stay tuned for details about the membership site





Priori Legal Website

Jun 23, 2015

Today's Broad is  Kathleen King the Founder of the world famous Tate’s Bake Shop.  Kathleen started selling cookies on a table at her family’s produce stand at the age of 11. Earlier in 2015, she sold her cookie business for an estimated $100 million.



In this episode we will explore:


  • Why Kathleen wasn’t afraid to open a bake shop in a location where 2 previous bake shops    had failed.
  • Why Kathleen never even worried with a business plan.
  • How Kathleen knew when it was time to expand her business
  • What Kathleen would do differently if she was starting her business over today
  • Kathleen’s biggest business accomplishment in her career
  • How Kathleen bounced back from losing her business and had a pile of debt to start her new business



Kathleen’s best business resources are about mindset, rather than technology.



You can find Kathleen’s cookies at retail outlets all over the country.  You can order her products at Tate’s Bake Shop website.

Jun 23, 2015

Meet today's Broad eco-preneur Angela Jia Kim that created her own eco-friendly skin care line of lotions and potions!  Angela began her career as a concert pianist and changed direction after a having a skin emergency during a concert.  Since then, Angela has been focused on building her business, and also creating opportunities for other women entrepreneurs to connect and support business.


In this episode, we will explore:


  • What caused Angela to look within herself to find a solution for her skin condition
  • How Angela turned her hobby into a booming business
  • Why Angela calls herself an accidental entrepreneur
  • How Angela identified the perfect location for her business
  • Why Angela expanded her business and how she discovered the best place for it
  • How Angela manages to balance a working relationship with her husband
  • Why Angela launched without a business plan
  • Angela’s biggest business success to date!
  • Why Angela embraces Gorgeous Chaos!
  • What is on Angela’s 2015 bucket list


Angela  also reveals the secret to business success in “Give, Give, Get”!



Angela has an incredible online course called PR School.  


Angela’s favorite resources:

  • Podcasts
  • Gretchen Rubin’s book Better Than Before
  • Seth Godin’s blog
  • Pinteresting with her team
  • Rock the World, her annual women's conference in NY slated for October 2015



You can find Angela at Savor the Success!

Jun 23, 2015

Hello and welcome to BroadCast, the Podcast for and about Broads Building Businesses. 


I'm your Chief Broad, Jenny Powers and each week I will introduce you to an inspiring broad that will share her story and offer practical hands on tips. 


Tired of the Old Boys Club, we are the New Girls Club ready to celebrate our collective wins, big and small. 


In this episode, you will find out:


  • Why most networking events suck!
  • Why everyone, including me is fed up with boring and unproductive networking events
  • How I started my own powerful women’s networking group - that doesn’t suck, by the way!
  • The out of the box way I raised funds to start my business
  • Why Running With Heels has changed networking….forever!


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