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  • Amanda Litman is the co-founder and executive director of Run for Something, an organization that supports and provides tools necessary for young, progressive Americans to launch local campaigns of their own. Since its founding in 2017, Run for Something has recruited 60,000 people to run for local office across the country, endorsed nearly 1,000 candidates, and has seen the successful election of 304 of these, 54% of whom are women, 47% people of color, and 18% LGBTQ. Prior to launching Run for Something, she was the email director (no, not those emails) for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, deputy email director for Organizing for Action, and an email writer for Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. Today, she's also the author of a book and host of a podcast by the same name, both which document her journey in politics and highlight the inspiring journeys of some of her Run for Something candidates. In this episode, Amanda and I discuss the importance of local elections, how Run for Something’s candidates are changing the landscape of American politics, and her best advice for coping with the upcoming election month.

    Subscribe and listen to Run for Something, a podcast with conversations about politics in 2020 that, in spite of everything, will make you hopeful for the future. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/run-for-something/id1529515305

    Produced by Dear Media

  • Blue Future is a youth-led civic engagement startup focused on organizing young people around progressive electoral campaigns. They’re mission is to continuously engage, mobilize, and connect young people to progressive electoral campaigns, equipping them with the resources, tools, skills, and network to be effective volunteers, organizers, and public servants. They’re the largest progressive, youth-led, political action committee in America and their programs have significantly helped progressive Democrats win key races through their network of college students around the country. In this episode, co-founder Morgan Stahr and I discuss the importance of bringing political organizations to college campuses, the power of college students in this election, what’s at stake for us, and how we can get involved in this year’s election, right now. Incipio: 20% off + free shipping with the code FRIEND www.incipio.com

    Produced by Dear Media

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  • What do actress Sarah Ramos (Parenthood, The Affair) and writer/comedian Caroline Goldfarb (The Late Late Show with James Corden, Alone Together) have in common? They’re hysterical, devoted pop culture enthusiasts, best friends, and recently launched a podcast series called THE RENNER FILES. THE RENNER FILES, created, hosted and produced by the duo, is a new kind of true crime podcast - one that’s not a true crime at all. Instead, it’s about Jeremy Renner’s app. Why did Oscar nominated actor Jeremy Renner ever have an app? Why did he do it? Who made it? Who used it? And why did it shake the internet to its core? They set out to investigate the mystery of the app, but got so much more in return. THE RENNER FILES lays out a thrilling timeline of the app’s rise and fall through talking head interviews with key players, journalists, and unexpected Renner experts (like actor Seth Rogen). But it also tells a larger story: one about the dangerous side of celebrity fandom, the ethics of audience exploitation, the celebrity influencer complex, and the destructive power of ironic internet comedy. In this episode, we talked about their fan-filled childhoods, from Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen cruises to NSYNC concerts, to navigating the entertainment industry, and a behind the scenes look at what went into creating one of the mosts provocative podcasts out there right now. Starting September 24th, an episode of THE RENNER FILES will be released weekly on Thursdays for six weeks. Check it out here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-renner-files/id1530942600 Produced by Dear Media

  • A Friend of a Friend series featuring Olivia and her best friend, the founder of the Ocho System, a Nike Master Trainer, co-founder of System of Service, and Friend of a Friend alumni Joe Holder. Every first Monday of the month, they’ll be talking about everything from friendship, to health and wellness, entrepreneurship, philanthropy, and a behind-the-scenes look at how they’re building their organization, System of Service. This week’s topic is process. How did you find your process? And how does it define the work you do? Joe and I talk through how we begun to understand our individual processes, how they contribute to our personal and professional lives, and how we use it to work together. We also share our thoughts on last week’s debate - from topics like climate change to that weird Jeni’s Ice Cream post - and answer more of your questions submitted via Instagram. Questions answered: 1. How do you network during a pandemic? 2. How do you measure your success? 3. What would Joe recommend for preserving bone health, especially for people who are vegan? 4. How are you balancing fighting back this horrible time with cultivating joy and staying sane? 5. What do you recommend for people as we shift to a very covid winter i.e. staying inside, vitamins, general wellbeing practices. Have a question or comment you want us to talk about on the show? Submit your questions on the Friend of a Friend review page. Follow Joe on Instagram @OchoSystem and on Twitter @JoeHolder_ Produced by Dear Media

  • A lot has happened since you’ve seen Whitney Port on The Hills. Today, she’s a mom, started a family with her husband Timmy, and has built a business around sharing honest conversations on topics like parenting, relationships, and everything in between. She’s the host of the With Whit podcast, as well as the wildly popular YouTube series, “I Love My Baby, But,” which gives a real look inside her journey to motherhood. In this episode, Whitney and I talk about what it was like to grow up on screen, how she transitioned her career off TV and into fashion, and her thoughts on parenting during a pandemic, as well as some of her best relationship advice while stuck at home.

    Check out With Whit on Dear Media! With Whit

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  • Holly Thaggard is the Founder of Supergoop!, the first and only lifestyle brand 100% dedicated to UV protection. After one of her close friends was diagnosed with skin cancer at 30-years-old, Holly set out to change the way the world thinks about SPF through clean, feel-good, highly innovative formulas. She launched Supergoop! in 2007, and has now scaled to a full protective skincare line of primers, highlighters, moisturizers, eye shadows, and makeup setting powders and sprays. Supergoop! has been included in Allure’s “Best of Beauty” list six years in a row, is the #1 SPF at Sephora, and sells one of Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40s every 20 seconds. Holly has dedicated the past 13 years of her life to developing new ways to infuse SPF into your favorite products that have traditionally never been made with your skin’s health in mind, advocating for skin health in DC and creating a community of SPF superfans. In this episode, Holly tells us all about the latest launch, the re-imagination of their cult favorite CC cream which now comes in 15 new shades. We also talk about how she went from a school teacher to changing the global conception of SPF, her best advice for entrepreneurs, and her thoughts on everything from blue light, to Vitamin D, and more. Purchase Supergoop!’s new CC Screen here https://supergoop.com/pages/cc-screen Produced by Dear Media

  • Alex Lieberman is the co-founder and CEO of Morning Brew, a multi-platform business media company offering a daily newsletter, an Emerging Technology and Retail newsletter, and a weekly podcast. As a graduating senior at the University of Michigan, Alex founded the Morning Brew in 2015 after noticing his fellow students didn’t have one trusted source to keep up with the business world. Within the first six months, the newsletter had over 30,000 subscribers, and Alex left his day job as an Agency MBS Trader at Morgan Stanley to build what is now known as one of the most popular business newsletters. Today, The Morning Brew is received by more than 2.5 million readers daily with the goal of providing digestible content and changing the way young professionals engage with the business world. In this episode, Alex and I talk about the niche world of email marketing, how he built a multi-platform company that did $13.5M in revenue by 25-years-old, and the importance of vulnerability within his entrepreneurial journey, Subscribe to The Morning Brew! https://www.morningbrew.com/ Produced by Dear Media

  • Introducing a new series featuring Olivia and her best friend, the founder of the Ocho System, a Nike Master Trainer, co-founder of System of Service, and Friend of a Friend alumni Joe Holder. Every first Monday of the month, they’ll be talking about everything from friendship, to health and wellness, entrepreneurship, philanthropy, and a behind-the-scenes look at how they’re building their organization, System of Service. On this week’s show, Joe and Olivia catch up on some exciting moments from Joe’s Self cover shoot to his trip in Iceland, and Olivia’s road trip to Colorado. They also break down Joe’s current health investigations like dental health and understanding the insurance system. Joe also gives his best advice on defining yourself and how to be the most active participant in your life. They also answer all of your questions submitted via Instagram! Questions Answered: 1. Do you think its true we became like the people we spend the most time with? 2. Any small steps for being more mindful and intentional in the moment? 3. Joe is so informed - how does he keep track of his knowledge? 4. How do you deal with romantic relationships? 5. Tips for male/female best friend dynamics 6. What’s your go to search engine for research-based information? 7. What are your thoughts on saunas? The insurance plan discussed on the show is Humana Dental Insurance. https://www.humana.com/dental-insurance Have a question or comment you want us to talk about on the show? Submit your questions on the Friend of a Friend review page. Follow Joe on Instagram @OchoSystem and on Twitter @JoeHolder_

    Produced by Dear Media

  • Dr. Kouroush Maddahi is a leading dentist in Beverly Hills and a best selling author of his latest book, The Toxic Overload: The Truth About Your Body’s Natural Defenses and How to Experience Whole-Body Health. He is one of the most well-known dentists today and has been practicing for over 33 years, creating smiles and improving the overall health of his clients through dentistry. But his passion and mission is driven around informing his patients about the connection between our oral health and our microbiome - the genetic material of all the microbes - bacteria, fungi, protozoa and viruses - that live on and inside the human body. In a time where sanitizers are our lifeline, he’s arguing the opposite through his first-ever non toxic, organically-derived line of oral products, Luminuex. In this episode, Dr. Maddahi, joined by Lumineux’s Chief Brand Officer Caroline Duggan, tells us where we’re going wrong with caring for our teeth, the lifelong consequences we could deal with, and the quick fixes that we can make to our routine right now that will ensure a healthier life.

    https://oralessentials.com/

    Produced by Dear Media

  • Fanny Bourdette-Donon is the International PR and Special Projects Manager for Dior Beauty. Fanny was raised in Rwanda, studied in France, and moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in fashion where she had a chance encounter with Dior’s Jérôme Pulis - a meeting that would kick start her career within the luxury house. Today, she’s one of the most well known names in the business of fashion, working closely with the luxury house’s brand ambassadors, coordinating public relations internationally, and is an influential figure herself for her enviable style and inspirational work ethic. In this episode, Fanny and I discuss the movement for Black Lives Matter and how it’s dramatically shifted her mindset, what it means to be a Black woman in the fashion industry and in France, and the importance of allyship in the mission for equality.

    Resources:

    2BG, founded by Chrissy Rutherford and Danielle Prescod 2bgconsult@gmail.com

    A Racist Incident At Fashion Week, by Tiffany Reid https://www.businessoffashion.com/articles/opinion/op-ed-a-racist-incident-at-fashion-week

    15% Pledge founded by Aurora James https://www.15percentpledge.org/ British Vogue Interview https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCHBoTL8X8A&feature=share Produced by Dear Media
  • Chloe McKenzie is a financial artist and wealth justice activist whose work is at the intersection of education, finance, social justice and the visual and performing arts. She has become one of the leaders on wealth justice and financial education, namely through her organization BlackFem®, a nonprofit with the mission to transform school-based learning so that Black girls and girls of color have the skills, habits and resources to build and sustain wealth. ChloeB came from an affluent household in Prince George’s County Maryland, where she learned the power of the money the hard way, went on to work on Wall Street as a trader, burnt out to the point of illness, and left it all behind to make her life’s mission to close the wealth gap for women of color. She’s now the author of The Activist Investor, a guide for how the investor community can contribute to social causes, diving into equity investment strategies and leveraging shareholder power. In this episode, Chloe teaches us how to re-frame wealth to be about funding our own peace, why she’s decided to make her book free, and answers all of our burning questions about how to make our money work for us, advocate for us, and safeguard our future.

    Download The Activist Investor here https://mailchi.mp/d0214a8295cd/the-activist-investor-download Produced by Dear Media

  • Jesse Israel is a social entrepreneur, meditation leader and former record label executive known for founding the mass meditation movement The Big Quiet. Jesse has signed multi-platinum bands like MGMT, has led some of the largest meditations in the world in locations from The American Museum of Natural History to the World Trade Center, and teaches meditation to next-generation leaders, Fortune 500 companies, and colleges. This year, The Big Quiet was invited to go on tour with Oprah Winfrey and WW to speak at and lead mass meditations at sold-out arenas throughout the US. In this episode, Jesse walks us through his mental health journey from a burnt out record executive, how to lean into silence in the time of COVID-19, and ends the episode with a five minute meditation to kick start your day. Follow Jesse on Instagram for more meditation tips: https://www.instagram.com/jesseisrael/ Produced by Dear Media

  • Introducing a new series featuring Olivia and her best friend, the founder of the Ocho System, a Nike Master Trainer, co-founder of System of Service, and Friend of a Friend alumni Joe Holder. Every first Monday of the month, they’ll be talking about everything from friendship, to health and wellness, entrepreneurship, philanthropy, and a behind-the-scenes look at how they’re building their organization, System of Service. On this week’s show, Joe and Olivia highlight some of their new daily habits and rituals keeping them sane during quarantine, from Olivia’s latest cooking obsession, the Almond Cow, to Joe’s 5k Run Challenge, and how they’re scheduling out their days in a time of uncertainty. Joe also opens up about his first few sessions of therapy and the tips and tricks he’s using to prioritize his mental heath. They also answer all of your questions submitted via Instagram! Questions Answered: 1. If you could design cities better for health and wellbeing, what would you do? 2. When are you both happiest? 3. Can you expand on your tweet regarding vegans and nutritional absolutism? 4. How do you combat the female athlete triad?
    5. How do you break a bad habit personally?

    Have a question or comment you want us to talk about on the show? Submit your questions on the Friend of a Friend review page. Follow Joe on Instagram @OchoSystem and on Twitter @JoeHolder_ Produced by Dear Media

  • Cristin Milioti has seen it all in Hollywood. She’s a musician, singer/songwriter, musician, and actress who got her start on Broadway in 2011, where she played the lead in Once, a breakout role that garnered her a Tony Award nomination and won her a Grammy. She went on to star in roles in How I Met Your Mother, Black Mirror’s USS Callister, The Wolf of Wallstreet, and Fargo, and most recently in Hulu’s summer hit movie Palm Springs alongside Andy Samberg. Milioti and Samberg play two disaffected characters named Sarah and Nyles who meet at a wedding and later get stuck in an infinite time loop, forced to relive the same day over and over again. Sounds just like quarantine, right? In this episode, Cristin and I cover all the shows we’re binging during quarantine, being a multi-discipline artist, and how she prepared for her role in one of the best movies of the summer.

    Produced by Dear Media

  • Get to know my new favorite band: The Aces. Comprised of sisters Alisa and Cristal Ramirez, Katie Henderson, and McKenna Petty, The Aces grew up in Provo, Utah where they started the band in their early teens in Katie’s garage. After one of their moms cold-called a recording agent by finding his number on Google, they signed with Red Bull Records where they released their debut album When My Heart Felt Volcanic in 2018, and later joined 5 Seconds of Summer for their Meet You There Tour. They’ve also gone on their own North American headlining tour, where they performed on Seth Meyer's Late Night Show and SXSW. This May, they announced the release of their second studio album, Under My Influence, which dropped Friday July 17th. In this episode, The Aces and I talk about what it was like to grow up in one of the most conservative Mormon towns in the United States, our everlasting love for Haley Williams, how they’ve set out to re-define the idea of the girl band, and why this new album is a step in a more honest and real direction for the band. Check out their latest album, Under My Influence, out now!

    Quintage: www.quintage.com or Insta: @quintageshop

    Produced by Dear Media

  • Brittany Xavier is a style influencer, blogger, and TikTok phenomenon with millions of followers tracking her every purchase, styling decision, and beauty look. But just six years ago, she was a marketing executive at a corporate job with a side hustle that would later be known as the popular style blog, Thrifts and Threads. Since taking her blog full time, Brittany has become a household name in fashion, working with brands like Macy’s to YSL, attending global fashion weeks, all while being a mom to her 13-year-old daughter, Jadyn. In this episode, Brittany tells us how she climbed the fashion ladder, what it’s like to parent in the age of COVID-19, and how she’s placing all her bets on TikTok being the next big thing.

    08:09: Brittany on her upbringing and start in the fashion industry
    18:03: Brittany describes what it means to be a content creator, why she re-branded, and how she works with brands around the world
    28:52: Brittany on work/life balance when you work with your partner.
    33:51: Brittany on her unexpected pregnancy, motherhood, and raising children during difficult times
    45:14: Brittany on her rapid success on TikTok
    01:04:58: Brittany on the biggest challenges for 2020 and the best advice she has for creatives.

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    Visit I Choose The Ladder to subscribe to their podcast and newsletter ichoosetheladder.com

    Produced by Dear Media

  • Introducing a new series featuring Olivia and her best friend, the founder of the Ocho System, a Nike Master Trainer, co-founder of System of Service, and Friend of a Friend alumni Joe Holder. Every first Monday of the month, they’ll be talking about everything from friendship, to health and wellness, entrepreneurship, philanthropy, and a behind-the-scenes look at how they’re building their organization, System of Service. On this week’s show, Joe and Olivia recap Joe’s latest interview with psychologist Dr. Rheeda Walker and his advice on embracing mental health and anxiety during these challenging times. They discuss the impacts of the murder of George Floyd, their reactions to the current civil unrest, and Joe’s latest project, Intergenerational Health, an initiative that seeks to close the health-wealth gap that Black Americans face in the United States. They also answer all of your questions submitted via Instagram! Questions Answered: 1. How has COVID brought your existing values to greater life for you and others? 2. What are you reading right now? 3. How have you felt most impactful during quarantine for your community? Especially those in need. 4. What's one thing that you want to see changed when we come out of quarantine. 5. What do you think the future of movement exercise looks like with the increased importance of meditation and mind, body connection in all practices? 6. How has your range of optics goal attainment grown during a period of heavier restriction? 7. Explain carb cycling and timing of nutrient intake for best results. Have a question or comment you want us to talk about on the show? Submit your questions on the Friend of a Friend review page. Follow Joe on Instagram @OchoSystem and on Twitter @JoeHolder_
    Produced by Dear Media

  • Annie Lawless is a serial entrepreneur. She’s a founder of two successful companies - Suja Juice and Lawless Beauty. At just 27 years old, she was Suja’s youngest founder, a company that was one of the US’s first and largest organic juice brands that landed at #1 on INC’s 5000’s Fastest Growing Companies in the food and beverage category. In 2015, Suja sold 50% of the company, 30% to Coca Cola and 20% to Goldman Sachs, at a $300 million valuation. Now she’s building a clean beauty empire with Lawless Beauty - a beauty brand that aims to provide the same makeup we all love to use, but with clean ingredients. In this episode, Annie and I talk about what it’s like to start fresh after the sale of a lifetime, how she’s working to navigate the clean beauty space, and her best entrepreneurial advice, from how to pitch to embracing a little tension.

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    Young Female Farmers: youngfemalefarmers.com

    Produced by Dear Media

  • Kirsty Godso is fitness luminary and entrepreneur who’s redefining the wellness industry, or as she likes to call it, “The Business of Bodies.” A New Yorker by way of New Zealand, Kirsty got her start while teaching a class at her local gym and was recruited by Nike on the spot to start working recording workouts for their app, Nike Training Club. Fast-forward, Kirsty is now a global spokeswoman for the brand and a Nike Master Trainer, often featured as the face of their app for her high intensity workouts and hot sauce burpees. She’s also the founder of her own high intensity collective, Pyrogirls, and her own protein powder company Made Of. In this episode, Kirsty and I talk about growing up in New Zealand and moving to the big bad apple, why she’s challenging gender norms in the gym, and how she’s defined her “why” in fitness and beyond.

    Produced by Dear Media

  • Ezinma is a classically-trained violinist, composer, and model, who’s captured the hearts of thousands through her genre-bending covers that have gone viral. Known on Instagram as “Classical Bae,” Ezinma’s sound combines her classical background with the beat of today’s greatest hits, and can often be found sharing her sound on the streets of New York or with her electric violin in a nightclub. Ezinma got her big break when she received a message on Facebook from Beyoncé’s musical director to join the singer on stage at Barclay’s Center. She then joined Beyoncé on tour for three years, and went on to also collaborate with incredible talent like Stevie Wonder, Kendrick Lamar, and Jorja Smith. Today, Ezinma is a solo artist with a mission to defy the “classical violinist” stereotype. She recently signed to Universal Classics and plans to release her debut project, “Beethoven Pleads The Fifth,” in Summer of 2020. In this episode, Ezinma tells us about her upbringing in Nebraska and being labeled an “orch dork,” what it was like to work alongside Beyonce and manifest your own dreams, and how she plans to break musical boundaries and disrupt the classical industry with her first album. Produced by Dear Media