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Hatoon Kadi on Reinventing Yourself, Getting Grit and Creating Content

Hatoon Kadi is a Saudi Arabian comedienne, best known for her YouTube show Noon Alniswa, where she has over 355,000 subscribers. Hatoon uses satire to present social phenomena from a woman’s perspective, and is one of the funniest people I’ve...

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How to Make the Most Out of Your LinkedIn Presence – Michaela Alexis

Michaela is a Canadian Millennial and a LinkedIn expert, having written dozens of articles that have received millions of reads. Her LinkedIn journey started in March 2016 when an article that she wrote about landing her dream job went...

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The Hilarious Melltoo Co-Founders on Their Marriage and Serial Entrepreneurship

When Apple invited me to do a live podcast in their Dubai Mall store for International Women’s Day, I immediately thought of bringing Sharene and Morrad on the show. I love that this couple defies numerous stereotypes, and that...

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The Untold Story of Women & Space History – Sue Nelson

This show is about women in space, in science and in history. It’s only becoming mainstream knowledge now that there were many women involved in global space programs in the 1960s. As part of the Mercury 13, Wally Funk...

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Rana Salhab on Business Skills, Policies & Practices of Tomorrow

My guest on today’s show was ranked by the Financial Times as one of the Top 5 “Global Champions of Women in Business” in 2017 and 2018. Rana Ghandour Salhab is the Talent and Communications partner at Deloitte, Middle...

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Be Brave, Not Perfect – Reshma Saujani

My guest on today’s show is an acclaimed author and the Founder of Girls Who Code. Reshma Saujani committed her first act of bravery at the age of 33 when she ran for political office in New York. She...

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Cultivating Resilience, Cultivating Entrepreneurship – Najla Al Midfa

Today’s show is about cultivating resilience. But before we get into Najla’s own path of navigating social norms and obstacles, we talk about her unusual job. Najla is the CEO of Sheraa, a Govt entity that has been tasked...

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How to Engage Men in Advancing Women – Jeffery Halter

Tips and tools from a corporate gender strategist. Jeffery Tobias Halter is a thought-leader on how companies can recruit, retain and advance women in the workplace. He is the President of YWomen, a consulting firm focused on engaging men...

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Linda Rottenberg On Empowering High-Impact Entrepreneurs To Scale Up

Linda was named one of TIME’s “Innovators for the 21st century” and “the Entrepreneur Whisperer”. Linda Rottenberg is an expert on entrepreneurship and leadership. For years she was known as “La Chica Loca” (the crazy girl) for insisting that...

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The Future of Food – Seta Tutundjian

60% of our diet today comes from just 4 crops – out of a possible 30,000 farmable, palatable crops. This limited diet causes multiple health issues. How did we get here? What’s going on with agriculture? How do we...

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Step Up and Transform Your Fitness Routine – Shona Vertue

An all-fitness deep dive with the trainer David Beckham described as “the best.” Shona Vertue is a personal trainer and yoga teacher whose clients include David Beckham. She has over 300,000 followers on Instagram and one of the most...

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CNN’s Hala Gorani Flips The Script on Rana

The When Women Win Podcast has featured over 40 boss ladies and we’ve covered everything about them and their lives. In this episode, however, we are going to do something different. I’ve asked someone very special to take over...

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From Corporate Veteran to Entrepreneur — Amira Rashad

Amira Rashad is the founder and CEO of the first bulk grocery e-commerce platform in the Middle East, BulkWhiz. A working mum, Amira felt like there were not enough hours in the day – and grocery shopping was the...

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Chief Heart Officer at VaynerMedia – Claude Silver

Claude Silver is the Chief Heart Officer at VaynerMedia the advertising company co-founded by Gary Vaynerchuk in 2009. Prior to joining Gary Vayernchuk, Claude spent 20 years in the top tiers of the advertising world, working for Publicis and...

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How to Invest in Start-Ups – Viktoriya Tigipko

Viktoriya Tigipko is a hugely successful venture capitalist from the Ukraine. She is the Founder and Managing Partner of TA Ventures, an international early-stage VC fund primarily focusing on Transportation and Digital Health. A Tech Crunch report put TA...

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Having Impact the “Multi-Potential” Way – Rozan Ahmed

Rozan Ahmed is a “multi-potentialite” – someone who has multiple passions and takes pride in working across all of them, rather than having a single track. She is known affectionately as “Renaissance Woman” and her vision is to solve...

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Twitter Head of Marketing and People – Leslie Berland

My guest on today’s show has one of the most-faced paced jobs on the planet. Leslie Berland is both the Chief Marketing Officer and the Head of People at Twitter, known affectionately in the company as “tweeps”. She joined the company in 2016 amid a...

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Cheryl Strayed – Author of Best-Selling Memoir, Wild

Cheryl Strayed is the award-winning author of Wild, the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir that was made into an Oscar-nominated film starring Reese Witherspoon. Cheryl has written several New York Times bestsellers and her books have been translated into...

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Passion, Parkour and Societal Expectations – Amal Murad

Parkour is “the activity or sport of moving rapidly through an area, typically in an urban environment, negotiating obstacles by running, jumping, and climbing.” Amal Murad spent her childhood barefoot, jumping up walls, climbing trees and running around outdoors. She...

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How Blockchain and AI Are Transforming Marketing – Michelle Peluso

Michelle Peluso is the Chief Marketing Officer of IBM. And she leaves the office at 5 pm. IBM is a 107 year-old company that employs over 380,000 people. Michelle reports to Ginni Rometty, the Chairman and CEO, and oversees...

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Surviving Hijab: Challenges & Opportunities – Manal Rostom

Mountaineer and Marathoner Manal Rostom is the first-ever veiled woman to be a Nike model. In 2014 Manal Rostom wrote to Nike to ask why none of their ads featured women who looked or dressed like her: Arab women who wear...

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The Science of Goal-Setting, Grit & Happiness – Caroline Miller

Caroline Miller is a pioneer in the areas of goal-setting, grit, happiness and success She is one of the world’s leading experts on the science of goal setting and grit. She’s spent more than 30 years helping individuals, leaders...

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Sara Al Madani on How To Succeed In The Face of Demoralizing Adversity

She started her first business at the age of 15, and her fashion label is still running today. Sara Al Madani is a well-known Emirati fashion designer, partner in a tech company and owner of a creative consultancy. She is the youngest board member at the Sharjah...

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Beth Comstock on Courage, Creativity, and the Power of Change

Beth Comstock is former Chief Marketing Officer and Vice Chair of General Electric and is the author of Imagine It Forward: Courage, Creativity and the Power of Change. For the opening episode of Season 2 we are fortunate to...

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Season Finale with CNN’s Hala Gorani – Her Story, Parity in Media, and Patterns in Politics

Hala Gorani is an award-winning anchor and correspondent for CNN International, based in London.

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The Power of Networking and Your Personal Brand – Kristy Wallace

Kristy Wallace is the CEO of Ellevate Network, the world’s premier businesswomen network. She is a highly innovative leader and passionate advocate for change. Kristy is responsible for executing Ellevate Network’s mission to close the gender achievement gap in...

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Marshall Goldsmith on Breaking the 12 Habits Holding Women Back

This episode is packed full of actionable tips and truth bombs. Dr. Marshall Goldsmith has been named the World’s #1 Executive Coach and the World’s #1 Leadership Thinker. Marshall has coached over 150 major CEOs, is the author of...

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How to Get More Women Back Into The Job Market – Helen McGuire

How can “returners” overcome the huge obstacles they face to get back into the workplace after a career break? What can companies do to retain and re-attract talented women? Helen McGuire is the Co-Founder and MD, hopscotch.work, a platform...

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Karen Wazen on the Life of an Influencer

Karen Wazen Bekhazi is a Dubai-based fashion, beauty, and lifestyle influencer with 450,000 followers on Instagram. We got into Karen’s life story and her fascinating journey to this point. She also shared some great advice for anyone interested in growing...

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How to Have Difficult Conversations at Work – Dawn Metcalfe

My guest on today’s show is the author of The HardTalk Handbook and specializes in helping people have important but difficult conversations that they would rather avoid. Since leaving her native Ireland, Dawn Metcalfe has worked in seven countries...

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The Art and Science of Public Speaking – Saana Azzam

Saana Azzam is a power-house in the international world of public speaking. She is the founder of MENA Speakers, the leading speaker bureau in the Middle East, and has made it her life’s purpose is to change the world...

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Leaving a Successful Corporate Career to Start a Business – Lily Kandalaft

Lily Kandalaft had a fulfilling and successful career at one of the largest food companies in the world. After she had her first baby, she realized a large gap in postnatal care in the region and decided to take...

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Growing the Legacy of a Large Family Business – Muna Al Gurg

My guest on today’s show is a businesswoman and philanthropist from Dubai. She is director of retail at Easa Saleh Al Gurg Group LLC, a conglomerate of 26 companies founded by her father 58 years ago. Muna sits on...

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Philanthropy and Faith – Manika Kaur

Manika Kaur is arguably the world’s most famous singer of Sikh devotional music (known as Kirtan). And she donates 100% of her proceeds to her charity Kirtan for Causes, which campaigns for the eradication of poverty in rural Punjab....

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Building Two Wildly Successful Online Businesses – Mona Ataya

Mona Ataya is one of the Middle East’s most prominent entrepreneurs, having built two hugely successful online businesses in the last 18 years: Bayt and Mumzworld. Mona Ataya founded Mumzworld in 2011 to fill a void for mothers that...

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Women in Journalism and Wealth Management – Elizabeth Macbride

Elizabeth is a career journalist and communications expert with 25 years of experience writing and editing for such publications as CNBC, Forbes.com, Newsweek and others. Elizabeth MacBride is a freelance writer, editor and media consultant. She is an entrepreneur...

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Donna Benton on How to Build and Scale a Global Business

Donna is a serial entrepreneur whose first business – The Entertainer – disrupted the Middle East market by creating a new, two-for-one coupon culture. Donna Benton started the Entertainer in Dubai in 2001 after identifying a market gap in...

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How to Keep a Corporate Career Fulfilling – Maysoun Ramadan

Maysoun Ramadan is the Head of Communications & Public Affairs at Roche Diagnostics Middle East. She has carved for herself a highly varied corporate career at Roche, having changed industry vertical, function, location, coverage and team. She is a...

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Dubai’s Thriving Art Scene & Art Dubai 2018 – Myrna Ayad

Myrna Ayad is the Director of Art Dubai. Prior to this role, Myrna was an arts writer and editor for some 15 years and she’s written for the New York Times, The Art Newspaper, Artsy and many others. For...

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Spoken Word Poet Afra Atiq on Finding Your Voice

Afra Atiq was named Best Performer for 2015-16 by Rooftop Rhythms, and won the 2017 ADMAF Creativity Awards. She proudly gives back to her community through mentorships and workshops with Untitled Chapters (a thriving hub for Emirati women writers)....

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Literacy Activism and Serial Entrepreneurship – Isobel Belhoul

Isobel was awarded an OBE by HM Queen Elizabeth of Great Britain as “one of the most influential Brits” and Middle East Business recognized her “the most inspirational woman” living in the UAE 2 years in a row. In...

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The Future of Education and Philanthropy – Maysa Jalbout

Maysa is a global leader and true veteran in the field education and philanthropy, and leads one of the largest education foundations in the world. Maysa Jalbout is the founding CEO of the Abdulla Al Ghurair Foundation for Education...

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Lina Khalifeh on Building Confidence Through Martial Arts Training

Lina is a tour de force! She set up her training studio SheFighter to help women in Jordan defend themselves against physical assault. She trains all ages – even grandmothers. Lina Khalifeh has more than 17 years’ experience practicing...

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How a Deaf-Blind Lawyer Chooses Her Own Story – Haben Girma

In this episode we talked about reframing disabilities as another driver of innovation to meet the needs of the world’s largest minority. Haben Girma is the first deaf-blind graduate of Harvard Law School. She advocates for equal access to...

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Science and Business Together Can Be a Force of Good – Ozge Akbulut

Ozge is a real life Dr. Who. In this episode we talked about how she uses her expertise as a scientist, academic and entrepreneur to build business that solve global problems. Ozge Akbulut is a real life Dr. Who...

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Dr. Auma Obama on Dispelling Victim Mentality and Redefining Poverty

Dr. Obama is  also a published author, having released her memoir “And Then Life Happens” in both German and English. In 2010 Dr. Auma Obama founded the Sauti Kuu Foundation which seeks to give a voice to financially and...

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How to Support Women-Owned Businesses Through Angel Investing – Ida Beerhalter

If you’ve ever wondered how billionaires manage their wealth or how a family office operates, this is the show for you. Ida Beerhalter is the co-head of IOME, a Riyadh-based private investment partnership of women principals from the Gulf...

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Female Board Members and What Angel Investors Look For – Assia Grazioli-Venier

Assia deserves an award for the diversity of her life experiences. This show jumps around her life as we extract lessons from her wide array of experiences. We sat down together in Dubai and talked about women on boards, media...

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Kristina Kuzmic on Overcoming Depression and Building a Brand

With over 500 million views across media outlets and websites worldwide, and over one and a half million Facebook followers, Kristina already has a voice and personality that has proven to be a hit with a massive audience. Today’s...

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Princess Tessy Antony on the Military, Parenting, Diversity, and How Busy People Can Give Back

HRH Princess Tessy of Luxembourg has extensive experience in diplomacy, education, and fighting for human rights and women’s empowerment, all while raising her 2 boys. No personality has just one dimension – or even two. People are fascinating concoctions...

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