Dr. Devgan sits down with Lucy Lang, a career prosecutor who was recently appointed as the Executive Director for the Institute for Innovation in Prosecution at John Jay College. Lucy grew up in New York City with a passion for public service. She has been a Manhattan Assistant District Attorney for 12 years, ran Manhattan’s Intelligence Driven Prosecution Symposium, and pioneered a first-of-its-kind college in prison class in which incarcerated students study criminal justice alongside prosecutors.
Dr. Devgan sits down with visionary hairstylist Ursula Stephen. Ursula is the owner of “Ursula Stephen The Salon”, in Brooklyn, NY, and a Unilever global haircare brand ambassador. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Ursula attended a vocational high school and earned her cosmetology license even before her high school diploma. From there she has gone on to become one of the most sought-out stylists by artists such as Rihanna, Kerry Washington, Queen Latifa, and Zendaya, to name a few.
Shirin von Wulffen is co-founder of the beauty and lifestyle brand, Bastide, from Aix-en-Provence (along with her husband Frédéric Fekkai). Born in Iran to German parents, with an American education and fluent command of four languages, Shirin is truly a citizen of the world. She is also the former VP of Public Relations for YSL, VP of Public Relations for Tom Ford, and former communications director for Gucci.
Dr. Devgan sits down with Craig Elbert, co-founder and CEO of Care/of. Care/of brings a refreshing honesty and personalization to the vitamin experience. Care/of delivers personalized daily supplement packs to your door monthly. Inside each pack is a mix of vitamins and supplements unique to you and based upon your goals, lifestyle and values.
Prior to founding Care/of, Craig Elbert led marketing at Bonobos, where he helped grow the company from 10 employees to over 250. Craig has an MBA from Wharton, where he graduated as a Palmer Scholar, and a BA from Dartmouth College. He lives in New York with his wife and son. Because raising a newborn and launching a company in the same year is maybe a bit draining, he is a fan of the herb Rhodiola Rosea.
Nina Lorez Collins founded the Facebook group, “What Would Virginia Woolf Do?” two years ago. The Facebook group is a closed community where literary-minded feminists over 40 years old come together to offer support, resources, inspirational stories, and laughs. It was through this community that Nina felt inspired to write her own book, which is appropriately named, What Would Virginia Woolf Do?
Dr. Devgan talks with Nina about how she got her start as a writer, what inspires her, reinvention, and how the amazing community she has built has gotten her through the toughest of times.
Jane Larkworthy is recognized as one of the beauty industry’s most respected editors. She is known for her authentic voice, and using it to help navigate all the complexities that come with being a woman.
Using her expertise she has kept us connected in the beauty world through her work with publications such as W, Elle Decor, Coveteur, The Cut, L'Officiel, In The Groove, as well as has her own blog, The Fraudulent Chef.
Listen in as she sits down with Dr. Devgan to discuss everything from her favorite beauty products, how she started her career as a beauty writer, and the importance of being able to constantly adapt to change.
Ellie Burrows is the Co-founder and CEO of MNDFL, a meditation studio in New York City. She talks with Dr. Devgan about how she was able to establish herself as an insider in New York’s rapidly growing wellness industry. Listen in as Ellie takes us through her journey in creating a modern, non-religious, drop-in studio where one can explore traditional meditation techniques in a contemporary context. MNDFL’s mission is simple and yet profound: MNDFL exists to enable humans to feel good. Ellie touches on simple ways people can implement mindfulness and meditation into their everyday lives.
Aleen Kuperman and Samantha Fishbein, two of the three founders of Betches, sit down with Dr. Lara Devgan to discuss how they started their careers and developed their company from a website into a wildly successful social media and digital media company.
They dish up some secrets about exciting up-coming projects including their third book, When’s Happy Hour, which will be released on October 23, 2018.
They talk about some of the challenges they faced and surmounted, and how building up their confidence has helped them get through the difficult times.
Listen in as fashion mogul Sharifa Murdock talks with Dr. Lara Devgan about her journey to the top of the fashion game. Sharifa is responsible for the launch of countless brands through Liberty Fairs, which she co-founded with her dear friend and mentor Sam BenAvraham.
Sharifa grew up wanting to be a dancer but always loved fashion. In her early twenties she worked in the customer service department of Louis Vuitton before she took a leap of faith to leave and launch Project, one of the industry’s contemporary fashion forums. She is currently the co-founder, at Liberty Fairs where she concentrates on bringing new brands to life through the industry’s newest menswear showcase.
Through her journey to success, she learned that the relationships you nurture and the people you meet are often more important than any specific decision you make.
Seema Bansal and Sunny Chadha are partners in life and business, and that is not entirely coincidental. A disappointing Valentine’s Day bouquet prompted them to jointly find a better answer to a question many have asked but very few have decently answered: how can you make those beautiful flowers last? In this episode of Beauty Bosses, Dr. Lara Devgan speaks with Seema and Sunny about bootstrapping their business, working together as a couple, and the boost their business got after being flagged by the Kardashians.
Marikh Mathias ended up not finding love on the latest season of The Bachelor but luckily for her this was but one of the many things she has going on in her active life. In this episode of Beauty Bosses, Dr. Lara Devgan speaks with Marikh Mathias about what goes on behinds the scenes in the house on The Bachelor, running her own restaurant, and the next steps in her already stellar career.
Joey Zauzig came to New York City to launch a career in public relations and broadcast journalism but ended up becoming a leading fashion influencer on social media, an LGBT activist and a health & wellness advocate. On this episode of Beauty Bosses, Dr. Lara Devgan talks to Joey about why social media is the new normal in marketing, just how much hard work goes into looking relaxed on Instagram, and why being comfortable with yourself the key to style and happiness.
For Katia Beauchamp there had to be a better way to find great cosmetics than the status quo which was "frustrating, inefficient, and confusing". That is why she, together with Hayley Barna, founded Birchbox which allows customers to learn about new products through monthly samples, and then offers them a convenient on-line place to buy the products they like.
In this episode of Beauty Bosses, Katia Beauchamp talks with Dr. Lara Devgan about why having a months' long waitlist for your product is not as much fun as it sounds, revolutionizing beauty shopping, and juggling motherhood and entrepreneurship.
For Lauren Schwab and Marissa Vosper, being negative isn't bad if it means rejecting everything you don't like about something, and keeping only the things you do. For them this meant creating a line of intimates that ditched the uncomfortable designs, silly frills and embarrassing advertising, and became a cult-favorite line of lingerie. In this episode of Beauty Bosses, Dr. Lara Devgan talks with Lauren and Marissa about how it took four years to become an overnight success, selling out of the their best-selling product ten times, and why confidence is the key to beauty.
Tanya Zuckerbrot wondered why some people can eat whatever they want until their heart's content while others see even the slightest dietary peccadilloes betrayed by their waistline. Putting her masters-level training in nutrition to work, Tanya formulated the F-Factor diet which made fiber fabulous and turned Tanya into THE person fashionable New Yorkers go to when they seek to shed a few pounds. In this episode of Beauty Bosses, Tanya Zuckerbrot talks to Dr. Lara Devgan about why perseverance is the key to success and happiness, and why life is too short to not have a bite (or three) of your favorite food.
In 2014, Divya Gugnani and Lindsay Ellingson decided that the best solution to dealing with the overwhelming offering of new beauty products on the market as to, well..., to bring to market a new product! Four years and millions of sold products later, the consumer clearly agrees that there is a durable demand for Wander Beauty's high quality and fuss-free make-up. In this episode of Beauty Bosses, Dr. Lara Devgan talks to Divya Gugnani about her journey as a serial entrepreneur, mom and beauty maven.
Kate Siegel and Kim Friedman (Kate's mom, biggest supporter and frequent critic) have taken the internet by storm with their crazy hilarious instagram account @crazyjewishmom. With nearly 800,000 followers, recent author of, 'Mother Can You Not?', and host of 'Ask Mom & Spawn' podcast, Kate has created a brand around her ‘Crazy Jewish Mom’! Dr. Devgan talks to Kate and Kim about their one-of-a-kind relationship, the decision to pursue @crazyjewishmom full time, and the hilarious day-to-day conversations they have while running a successful brand together. They also provide insight into their experiences in the professional world as women, and give advice on so many relatable situations in a modern women's life.
Pioneering the world of online sample sales and on-demand beauty, we have to thank no other than the serial entrepreneur and co-founder behind behind Gilt Groupe, GlamSquad and Fitz - Alexandra Wilkis Wilson. Alexandra speaks to her experiences launching start-ups and shares advice for budding entrepreneurs looking to explore their passions. In this episode of Beauty Bosses, Dr. Lara Devgan talks to Alexandra about her success journey, and how her mother and grandmother shaped her idea that happy people are beautiful, and beauty comes from within.
Verena von Pfetten, a fashion and lifestyle writer who has contributed to many leading publications including Vogue and the Huffington Post, isn't about to do anything without a bit of class and creativity. And that includes launching Gossamer, a glossy new magazine "for people who also smoke weed." In this episode of Beauty Bosses, Dr. Lara Devgan talks with Verena von Pfetten about why it is time to drop all the negative connotations around cannabis and how you explain to your mom why you're quitting writing for the New York Times so you can launch "a magazine about pot".
So after many, many years you finally manage to fill up your closet with at least a bunch of the clothes you've been pining for for so long, only for those prized pieces to be worn (or washed...) too rarely because they are labelled: "Dry Cleaning Only" and life is too short (and too busy and too expensive) to want to deal with that. If you recognize yourself in this, well, then you are in the good company of Gwen Whiting and Lindsey Boyd, the founders of The Laundress. In this episode of Beauty Bosses, they talk with Dr. Lara Devgan about how their revolutionary line of laundry products, now sold in 1,500 stores around the world, can help you avoid the dreaded dry cleaning runs and actually deal with those annoying red wine stains.